The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has disqualified two Golden Eaglets players – Sani Abacha Suleiman and Saviour Johnson Isaac – from participating in the ongoing Africa U17 Cup of Nations zonal qualifiers after failing the mandatory magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests.
Sani Abacha Suleiman is a defender while Saviour Johnson Isaac is a midfielder. The two of them would have worn the number two and eight jerseys respectively if they were not sent packing by CAF.
Hosts Niger had one of their players disqualified, same as Togo and Burkina Faso, while two Ivorian players in the shape of Lakou Ndatien Mickael Toure and Yao Serge Eric Konan have been declared ineligible to play in the zonal qualifiers.
Nigeria’s opponents in Group B, Republic of Benin, will no longer participate in the U17 AFCON zonal qualifiers after ten of their players failed the MRI tests.
The Manu Garba led 18-man roster contains three goalkeepers, five midfielders, seven midfielders and three strikers.
The Golden Eaglets will take on Burkina Faso on Monday, September 3 and will wrap up group play against Ivory Coast three days later.
Both matches will be staged at the Stade Municipal in the Nigerien capital Niamey.
Below is the Nigeria U17 AFCON Qualifiers Squad
Goalkeepers (3): John Ikedinachukwu Amah, Joseph John Essien, Joseph Ayomide Oluwabusola
Defenders (5): David Akulo Ishaya, Sunday Cletus Odey, Clement Chigozie Ikenna, Muhammad Ibrahim, Adam Agba’a Mustapha
Midfielders (7): Samson Okikiola Tijani, Hassan Hussaini, Olatomi Alfred Olaniyan, Peter Agba, Babatunde Jimoh Akinsola, Ibraheem Olalekan Jabaar, Akinwunmi Ayobami Amoo
Forwards (3): Oluwatimilehin Lawrence Adeniyi, Olakunle Olusegun Junior, Favour Akem