Nigeria national under-20 football team

The Nigeria men's national under-20 football team, also known as the Nigeria Under-20s or nicknamed the Flying Eagles, is the youth team for national soccer in Nigeria. It plays a large role in the development of Nigerian football, and is considered to be the feeder team for the senior team. It is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. The team as won a record seven Africa U-20 Cup of Nations titles and are also two timer runners up of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Nigeria Under-20
Nickname(s)Flying Eagles
AssociationNigeria Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachPaul Aigbogun
Home stadiumAbuja Stadium
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1981)
Best resultRunners-up (1989, 2005)
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
Appearances17 (first in 1978–79)
Best resultChampions (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011, 2015)
WAFU Zone B U-20 Tournament
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best resultRunners-up (2018)

Competitive record

FIFA U-20 World Cup record

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations record

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1977Did not enter-------
1979Semi-finalists3rd412143
1981Semi-finalists3rd410378
1983Champions1st8512137
1985Champions1st8422148
1987Champions1st8611119
1989Champions1st8530166
1991Did not enter-------
1993Group stage5th310222
1995Third place3rd531186
1997Did not qualify-------
1999Second place2nd5311115
2001Group stage8th301216
2003Did not qualify-------
2005Champions1st5500113
2007Second Place2nd521266
2009Third place3rd530285
2011Champions1st540194
2013Third place3rd530265
2015Champions1st5401124
2017Did not qualify-------
2019Fourth place4th521241
2021To be determined-------
Total17/227 titles9152142514388

A gold background colour indicates that Nigeria won the tournament.

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

*There was no third place match from 1979-1989.

Team honours and achievements

Intercontinental

Continental

Sub-Continental

Staff

  • Head Coach: Paul Aigbogun
  • Assistants: Abdullahi Maikaba; Abubakar Bala
  • Scout: Hassan Abdallah
  • Goalkeepers' Trainer: Suleiman Shuaibu

Current squad

The following players were named to the squad for 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup [1]
[2][3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Detan Ogundare (2000-12-08)8 December 2000 (aged 18) Kogi United
1GK Olawale Oremade (1999-12-31)31 December 1999 (aged 19) Kwara United
1GK Jonathan Zaccala (2001-10-08)8 October 2001 (aged 17) Triestina

2DF Valentine Ozornwafor (1999-06-01)1 June 1999 (aged 19) Enyimba
2DF Olasunkanmi Aliyu (1999-09-28)28 September 1999 (aged 19) Emmanuel Amuneke Academy
2DF Igoh Ogbu (2000-02-08)8 February 2000 (aged 19) Rosenborg
2DF Ikouwem Udo (1999-11-11)11 November 1999 (aged 19) Enyimba
2DF Muhammad Rabiu (2002-01-01)1 January 2002 (aged 17) Plateau United
2DF Jamil Muhammad (2000-11-12)12 November 2000 (aged 18) Kano Pillars

3MF Nnamdi Ofoborh (1999-11-07)7 November 1999 (aged 19) Bournemouth
3MF Peter Eletu (2000-01-24)24 January 2000 (aged 19) Prince Kazeem FC
3MF Tom Dele-Bashiru (1999-09-17)17 September 1999 (aged 19) Manchester City
3MF Kingsley Michael (1999-08-26)26 August 1999 (aged 19) Perugia
3MF Maxwell Effiom (1999-11-05)5 November 1999 (aged 19) Enyimba
3MF Aniekeme Okon (1999-05-08)8 May 1999 (aged 20) Akwa United
3MF Collins Sor Oasis FC

4FW Akor Jerome Adams (2000-01-29)29 January 2000 (aged 19) Sogndal
4FW Tijani Muhammed (2000-05-13)13 May 2000 (aged 19) FC Baník Ostrava
4FW Henry Offia (1999-12-26)26 December 1999 (aged 19) Sirius
4FW Chinonso Emeka Brookhouse
4FW Joshua Obioma 17 March 2000 (aged 19) Welling United

Recent Callups

Players called for 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations and Qualification [4] [5] [6]

Caps as of 21 July 2018

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Akpan Udoh (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 1 0 Bnei Sakhnin
2DF Zaruma Samuel (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 4 1 Plateau United
1GK Mohammed Galadima 0 0 Nasarawa United
2DF Chidubem Nwosu 0 0 36 Lions
2DF Mubarak Abdulsalam 0 0 Wikki Tourists
2DF Solomon Onome (1999-05-16) 16 May 1999 0 0
2DF Ekene Olisema (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 4 0 Lobi Stars
2DF Abdullahi Abubakar (1999-11-03) 3 November 1999 0 0 Nasarawa United
3MF Douglas Achiv 0 0 Nasarawa United
3MF Duarw Nuhu (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 0 0 Akwa United
3MF Ali Isah 1 0
3MF Quadri Liameed 0 0 36 Lions
3MF Aremu Afeez (1999-10-03) 3 October 1999 2 1 IK Start
3MF Alhassan Ibrahim (2000-10-14) 14 October 2000 4 1 Kano Pillars
4FW Nazifi Yahaya (2000-12-16) 16 December 2000 2 2 Sonderjyske
4FW Ibrahim Aliyu 0 0 Oasis FC
4FW Adeshina Gata (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 2 0 Wikki Tourists
4FW Ibrahim Abubakar Babawo (2000-01-24) 24 January 2000 5 1 Plateau United
4FW Okoh Victor 0 0 Real Sapphire FC
4FW Mohammed Nur (2002-12-02) 2 December 2002 0 0 El-Kanemi Warriors
4FW Idris Guda (2000-12-15) 15 December 2000 1 0 Wikki Tourists
4FW Eneji Moses (1999-04-08) 8 April 1999 1 0 Plateau United
4FW Wasiu Alalade (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 4 3 Enyimba
4FW Jesse Akila (2001-12-27) 27 December 2001 1 0 MFM F.C.

Current Team Status

2019 FIFA U20 World Cup (Group Stage)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ukraine (A) 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Knockout stage
2  United States (A) 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3  Nigeria (A) 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
4  Qatar (E) 3 0 0 3 0 6 6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated.
Qatar 0–4 Nigeria
Report
Attendance: 3,010[7]
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
United States 2-0 Nigeria
Report
Nigeria 1-1 Ukraine
Report

2019 FIFA U20 World Cup (Knockout Stage)

Nigeria 2–1
  • Sagna  36'
  • Niane  45+3'
Report
  • Makanjuola  50'
Attendance: 6,854[8]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)

Former coaches

References


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