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Aluko boosts Nigeria U-20 squad

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

Sone Aluko playing for Nigeria
Sone Aluko made his first appearance for Nigeria earlier this year

Nigeria have included former England youth international Sone Aluko in their squad for the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt later this month.

The Aberdeen striker was born in Birmingham to Nigerian parents and has played for England at under-19 level.

He made his debut for the Super Eagles in a friendly against Republic of Ireland earlier this year.

But coach Samson Siasia has been forced to leave out several key players from his final 21-man squad.

The star of Nigeria's Under-17 World Cup triumph two years ago, Macauley Chrisantus, is injured.

Spain-based defender Kingsley Udoh is missing because of visa problems and Russia-based striker Ganiyu Oseni has been left out because he is not playing frequently enough.

All three played a prominent role in the victory in South Korea, with Chrisantus emerging as the tournament's top scorer.

But Siasia has included several players from the Nigerian domestic league - like goalkeeper Oladele Ajiboye and Kano Pillars midfielder Mohammed Shehu Shagari, as well as the top scorer from last season, Bayelsa's Stanley Ohawuchi.

Unlike their colleagues in the under-17 squad, the under-20 line-up have not been subjected to age testing.

Nigeria are in a group with Spain, Venezuela and Tahiti and kick-off their campaign in Cairo on 25 September.


Goalkeepers: Oladele Ajiboye (Wikki Tourists), Uche Okafor (Kaduna United), Olateru Oladapo (unattached)

Defenders: Nwankwo Obiora (Real Murcia, Spain), Nurudeen Orelesi (unattached), Raheem Lawal, Ibok Edet (CD Athletico Baleares, Spain), Daniel Adejo (Reggiana, Italy)

Midfielders: Lukman Haruna (Monaco,France), Rabiu Ibrahim (Sporting Lisbon,Portugal), Yakubu Alfa (Helsingborgs, Sweden), Oluwashina Abe (Sunshine Stars), Mohammed Shehu Shagari (Kano Pillars)

Strikers: Daniel Uchechi (Unattached), King Osanga (Heartland), Kehinde Fatai (FC Farul Constanta, Romania), Sone Aluko (Aberdeen, Scotland), Odion Ighalo (Granada, Spain), Gbolahan Salami(Sunshine Stars), Stanley Ohawuchi (Bayelsa United), Harmony Ikande (AC Milan, Italy)

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