The Flying Eagles play Qatar, the United States of America and Ukraine in that order at the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland, with their first game against Qatar in Tychy on 24th May.
Here, Futbalgalore.com identifies 11 players to look out for at the youth tournament.
Success Makanjuola (Water FC)
A quick-footed winger who can also fill the No10 role. Makanjuola is considered the jewel in Water FC’s youth system. Strong with the ball, he possesses a coruscating shot. A highly-rated player, the left-footed forward operates on either side of the attack, boasting explosive pace and a powerful shot.
Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba)
There will be plenty of attention on the central defender. Ozornwafor played a massive part in the Flying Eagles’ qualification for the World Cup. He featured in every single match for the team during the qualifiers. His discipline was excellent. At just 19 years of age and playing at this level, this kind of exposure to the game is stepping stones for steady growth as a solid defender.
Tom Dele-Bashiru (Manchester City)
One of the most highly rated young players in the team, Bashiru did enough to get into our list. The 17-year-old’s game is mature beyond his years; composure, physicality, dribbling and a viscous strike.
Nnamdi Ofoborh (AFC Bournemouth)
An attacking midfielder with fine vision, Ofoborh can pass or shoot with either foot, is a good header and presides over corners and free-kicks.
Kingsley Michael (AC Perugia)
Able to change a game from the right wing, Michael played scored one goal in 25 appearances for Perugia, contributing eight assists. He will be one of the players to watch.
Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC)
The left back has been excellent for Enyimba through the course of the season. His offensive contributions proved crucial during the qualifiers. He seems to have won over plenty with his performances and seems likely to take a steady claim in the Super Eagles team in future.
Chinonso Emeka (Club Brookhouse, England)
The Brookhouse front runner is technically gifted and likes to drop deep to get on the ball. He will be keen to impress in Poland.
Tijani Muhammed (FC Banik Ostrava)
With all the gifts of a true poacher, the Banik Ostrava front man plundered goals in the friendlies, including a goal against Red Bull Salzburg.
Jerome Akor (Sogndal)
The speedy Sogndal attacker helped himself to one goal in the Norwegian top flight last term. He is yet to score this season. He can feature either up front or on the wing.
Maxwell Effiom (Enyimba)
This defensive midfielder from Enyimba is blessed with a good physique, composure on the ball and excellent reading of the game.
Henry Offia (IK Sirius Uppsala)
The 19-year-old heads into tournament as one of the reliable guys to get the goals. Coach Aigbogun will be desperate for Offia to perform in Poland.