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AFCON U20: Bosso to reveal final list January 20

Head coach of Nigeria's Flying Eagles, Ladan Bosso will on January 20 2023, make known his final 23 man squad list for the 2023 Africa U20 Cup of Nations billed to kickoff in Egypt.


The tourney will hold from February 19 to March 11 with seven-time champions Nigeria drawn against hosts Egypt, Senegal and Mozambique in Group A of the competition.


Bosso had on Monday invited 38 players to the Flying Eagles camp which opens on January 7 in Abuja.


“The camp will resume January 7 and the training tour will either be in Spain or Morocco,” Bosso said.


Meanwhile, an official of the team who spoke to The PUNCH revealed that the list of the final squad will be sent in by January 20, 2023.


“We expect the list of players for the tournament to be sent in latest January 20th,” the team official revealed.


Bosso also disclosed he would be looking to add some experience in defence and attack, with the invitation of more overseas-based professionals.


“We need experience in attack and defence and even if any overseas-based player will join the team, they will be from these departments,” he said.


He also spoke about the tough-looking U-20 AFCON first-round group, adding that all teams were worthy of their places.


“It’s a normal group. Every team that qualifies for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations is hopeful of qualifying for the World Cup,” Bosso said.


“So, whether we are in a tough group or not, if you want to qualify for the World Cup, you must play against the top teams at the Africa Cup of Nations.


“We will take it step by step. We won’t put any country first, we must respect every country in our group and we’ll work towards it.


“This team is not Bosso’s team, it’s Nigeria’s team. So, I want everyone to pray for the team now that the draws have been made.”


Bosso said his target was to reach the semi-finals, which would qualify the Flying Eagles for the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia in May.

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