The Nigeria U17 team secured a spot at the U17 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 to progress to the final of the WAFU B Championship which serves as qualifiers.
Yet to be defeated in three games, the Nduka Ugbade led team have been very impressive as a team however OwnGoalNigeria.com picks five players who have stood out for the team and are currently courting interest from top teams.
1. Emmanuel Michael – It goes without saying. The Simoiben Academy prospect has stolen the headline at the tournament with three consecutive man of the match award. The freekick specialist who had scored thrice from his role as a full back remains the most potent weapon of the team.
2. Yahaya Lawal – His energy level is on a different level and his ability to join attack where as a right full back is top notch. Two assists already including one yesterday. Very much one of the pillars of the team not just in defence but as a whole.
3. Ebube Okere – Can spot a pass with his eyes close. Wins back possession with ease, so much that he most times have more touches than any other player. His ability to link defence from attack has bailed the team out severally. A midfielder whose ceiling for improvement knows no bound.
4. Miracle Ogwor – He didn’t start the tournament so well but recovered very quickly. Gave away a penalty yesterday but he was still the most involved in the back four. Solid in the air, good in one on duels. He is the leader of the team from the rear. A good dancer off the pitch as well.
5. Precious Williams- The captain of the team who showed he can also be helpful in defence yesterday. Won back possession four times yesterday in addition to his calmness in front of goal. It’s easy to see why he is the captain of the team.