Diaspora, Africa – (African Boulevard News) – Ladan Bosso, the head coach of Nigeria’s U-20 national football team, has finalized his squad for the 2023 U-20 World Cup in Argentina. The seven-time African Cup of Nations champions are eager to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy, and Bosso has carefully selected the best possible players to represent the country on the global stage.
Bosso faced a daunting task of selecting the final roster from a pool of over 40 talented players who participated in a series of trials and training camps. However, he managed to narrow down the squad to 21 players who he believes possess the necessary talent, skill, and temperament required to perform at the highest level.
The players who made the cut include goalkeeper Daniel Atubolu, defenders Musa Muhammad and John Osahon, midfielder Ibrahim Kabir, and forwards Ibrahim Aliyu and Emmanuel Giwa. Bosso also included five players who ply their trade in European clubs, namely Ademola Alimi, Sadiq Yusuf, Bashir Mohammed, Abdulazeez Abubakar, and David Alli.
Speaking to reporters, Bosso expressed confidence in his team’s ability to compete against the best teams in the world. “We have a balanced squad with players who can play in different positions and formations. We have worked hard on our tactical approach, physical fitness, and mental toughness, and I believe we are ready to face any challenge,” he said.
Nigeria’s U-20 team has a rich history in international football, having won the FIFA U-20 World Cup twice in 1983 and 1985. However, they have not won the tournament since then, despite reaching the final in 2005 and 2011.
The 2023 U-20 World Cup will be the first time the tournament will be held in Argentina since 2001, and Bosso’s team will be hoping to repeat the success of their senior counterparts, who won the 1996 Olympic football tournament in the South American country.
As the countdown to the tournament begins, Nigerian football fans are buzzing with excitement and optimism, hoping that Bosso’s final roster will deliver the long-awaited World Cup glory for the country. With the talent and preparation that Bosso’s squad possesses, Nigeria’s U-20 team is poised to make a big impression and possibly lift the trophy.