Manchester City starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to lead the Flying Eagles of Nigeria to Senegal for the 2015 African Youth Championship, AYC slated to hold from 8 to 22 of March.
Iheanacho will be joined by eight other overseas-based stars as coach Manu Garba looks to replicate the success he achieved with the current generation of Nigerian youngsters at U-17 level just over a year ago.
[caption id="attachment_3292" align="alignnone" width="400"] Iheanacho[/caption]Success Isaac (Granada CF), Chidiebere Nwakali (Manchester City), Taiwo Awoniyi (Kalmar), Chidera Ezeh (FC Porto), Daddy Moses, Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin) and Musa Yahaya (Tottenham Hotspur) are also named in the team.
Garba revealed that the players are expected to join up with the team’s training camp reopens in Kaduna on 27 December.
He also added that he had received assurances for the release of the players by their respective European clubs. The eight-team tournament will produce Africa’s four representatives to the 2015 World Youth Championship, WYC in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, the draw for the AYC will be conducted on 21 December at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
Hosts Senegal will be seeded to top Group A of the competition. The Flying Eagles, winners of the U-20 continental competition a record six times, will be one of the eight finalists.
The Flying Eagles defeated Tanzania and walked over Lesotho to qualify for the tournament proper. They finished third at the last tournament hosted by Algeria.
Defending champions Egypt will not be at Senegal 2015 after they were eliminated by Congo Brazzaville.
Other finalists are Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, South Africa and Zambia.
The semi-finalists of the AYC will represent Africa at the 2015 WYC from 30 May to 20 June. The draw for the World Cup will be conducted on 10 February, 2015.