The 2020 new decade is here and with it comes new expectations and pursuits.
The Nigerian football is not an exception as the country is already blessed with talented players both at home and in diaspora.
It is no longer news that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) are desperately searching for talented players to join the Super Eagles squad.
Below are the top five young talented Nigerian players who may make it in Super Eagles in 2020, according to completesports.com:
Cyriel Dessers (Striker – Heracles Almelo, Netherlands)
25-year-old Dessers is the leading scorer in the Eredivisie with 12 goals in 18 appearances for Heracles. The Belgian born Nigerian striker is also known to set up his team-mates to score as well with the reliable and prolific goal-scorer having made five assists in the Dutch league.
The talented striker has already indicated interest to join the Nigerian National Team ahead of Belgium who are also interested in him.
NFF are already making moves to get Dessers into the Super Eagles in the Nearest future.
Dessert can certainly compete with Victor Osimhen for the Number 9 shirt should he join Super Eagles as finishing is strong while his style of play shows he likes to do layoffs, has a massive counter attack threat, indirect set-piece threat, likes to play long balls and he is also a very good dribbler.
Ovie Ejaria (Midfielder – Reading, England)
22-year-old Ejaria is a Liverpool loaned and one of Reading’s standout performers this season.
Ejaria has thrived under the stewardship of Mark Bowen in Reading as the Welshman deployed the youngster largely in a central midfield role that has given him licence to roam.
The London born of Nigerian descent has scored three goals and three assists in 22 Championship outings since arriving at the Madejski Stadium last summer.
According to whoscored.com, Ejaria is also versatile, having played five different roles for Reading this term; MC (Midfielder Centre), AML (Attacking Midfielder Left), FWL (Forward Left), ML (Midfielder Left) and MR (Midfielder Right).
NFF are still in the process of convincing the youngster to apply his skills in the Super Eagles.
Eberechi Eze (Midfielder – QPR, England)
NFF are making serious efforts to convince British born Eberechi Eze who seems reluctant to join the Super Eagles.
The QPR midfielder has also attracted England’s interest where he has already participated in U-19 in the England squad last year and allegedly assured a place in the U-21 Euro 2020 qualifiers squad.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick believes that Eze, who is already compared with the legendary JJ Okocha, can help improve the Super Eagles and had a meeting with him and his parents on the potential of the England U-21 star to switch his allegiance to Nigeria.
Eze, who trained with Super Eagles in 2017, has scored ten goals and provided six assists in 27 Skybet Championship appearances for QPR.
Sebastian Osigwe (Goalkeeper – SC Kriens, Switzerland)
Super Eagles are in desperate need of goalkeepers despite having Uzoho, Akpeyi, Ezenwa and the latest addition, Okoye.
Francis Uzoho is currently out with injury. Daniel Akpeyi is second best but doesn’t seem reliable based on his performances so far. NFF are currently reviewing Ikechukwu Ezenwa’s spot in the senior team while Maduka Okoye seems to be the only keeper available on long term basis.
But the young keeper is not enough for the Nigerian senior team and NFF are eyeing SC Kriens goalie, Sebastian Osigwe.
Osigwe is Swiss-born and his father, Vitalis is an ex-Nigerian youth international and Enugu Rangers player.
Osigwe was called up by coach John Obuh to represent the Nigeria U-20 side at the 2013 Toulon Tournament when he was 19.
Now a prominent player at Kriens at 24 since joining in 2014, he helped his side to rise from the Swiss fourth tier to the second division.
He also played every minute of his team’s 15 Swiss Challenge League games, keeping five clean-sheets and helping them to stay third on the log this season.
Chuba Akpom (Forward – PAOK FC, Greece)
British-born Chuba Akpom is a versatile forward who is very much needed in the Super Eagles.
Greece attacker can play as up top, support centrally or even from the wings. Since ending his age-long union with Arsenal in the summer of 2018, Akpom has gone on to better things in Greece, scoring crucial goals to help PAOK secure the Greek Super League title last season.
He has scored four goals and two assists in 16 league games and has also trained with the Super Eagles alongside Eberechi Eze in 2017.
The 24-year-old announced his intention to play for the Super Eagles in September 2019 after previously representing England at youth levels, finding the back of the net 21 times in 42 appearances.
His addition to the national team will give Rohr more options and possibly provide more quality in the Super Eagles’ attack.