Nigeria U17 Screening – Coaches Still Searching For Right Full Backs & Central Defenders


The screening of players who will form the next batch of U17 players for Nigeria resumed today with present at the venue to witness the session.


A total of over 250 players were spotted by our correspondent who also commended the efforts of the technical crew in ensuring that players who turned up for the screening are given enough time to express themselves.

So far the players who have impressed during the screening exercise which has been on for a week now are mostly forward players, particularly midfielders and strikers.

One of the coaches revealed that their search has been narrowed down to two areas even though they are not entirely convinced by the options available to them in the goalkeeping department.

The area of priority remains the right full back slot as many who have played in the position are not at the level the coaches are looking for unlike in the left full back spot, where options have been noted.

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Central defence is a major concern for most youth teams of Nigeria and this time around, same problem has been confirmed to be very much alive during the screening exercise, starting from few options in terms of numbers to abilities even when the number is high.

Ade Emmanuel