Osimhen, Odey Or Awoniyi – Imama Yet To Decide On Who Will Lead Nigeria U23 Attack Against Libya

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Coach of the Nigeria U23 team Imama Amapakabo will have the final say on the strikers who will lead the line for Nigeria in their upcoming Africa U23 Cup of Nations Qualifiers game against Libya, Owngoalnigeria.com reports.

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The coach already has home based players in camp and they will be joined by their foreign based counterparts few days before the tie against Libya later this month in their quest to defend the U23 Cup of Nations trophy which was won by Nigeria in 2015.

Attack is where the team is in dire need of options due to lack of it locally leaving Imama ‎with no option than to take his search to Europe, where the trio of Stephen Odey, Taiwo Awoniyi and Victor Osimhen have been mentioned as favorite to be picked.

Odey has been in fine form for FC Zurich this season with 11 goals to his name so far in all competitions while Osimhen who is on loan to Belgium side Charleroi from German side Wolfsburg has scored ten league goals.

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Awoniyi lead the pack with six goals in his last seven league games for Mouscron, the team he joined on loan from Liverpool after terminating his loan deal with fellow Belgium side Gent during the January transfer window.

So far he has scored in all but one of the seven games he has played for Mouscron since his move and that has ultimately led to talks about a possible invitation to the senior national team of Nigeria for the game against Seychelles.

However a decision on who will lead the line for the Nigeria U23 against Libya will be made public soon but it ultimately lies between the trio of Awoniyi, Odey and Osimhen although two among them could be called up.

James Michael