Arsenal Academy Product Handed Late Nigeria Call-Up Ahead Of FIFA U17 World Cup

Published on: 05 October 2019

Arsenal Academy product Malcolm Ebiowei has been handed a late call-up to the Nigeria U17 squad ahead of their trip to Sao Paulo for the final phase of preparations for the World Cup which begins in Brazil on October 26.

The attacking midfielder departed the United Kingdom on Thursday and trained with the Golden Eaglets yesterday in Abuja under the guidance of manager Manu Garba.

Having caught the eye during the training camp in Turkey late last month, the Golden Eaglets coaches want to take another look at Ebiowei with a view to his inclusion on a list of 30 players heading to Brazil next week.

Huddersfield Town striker Andre Silveira Edionhon attended the get together in Istanbul but his World Cup dreams have gone up in smoke as he has been declared surplus to requirements.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Joseph Oluwabusola who has improved over the last one year, Oldham Athletic's Robert Oseh and West Ham starlet Daniel Jinadu are all in Abuja training with the team.

Meanwhile, coach Manu Garba is expected to submit a 30-man squad list to the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday, October 7.

The list was ready but he has been instructed by the powers that be to include five new names on the roster, subject to the players passing the mandatory Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests.