The nation begins its quest for elusive gold at U20 level with a match against Burundi
Pundits are eager to see if the much talented Amunike tutored side can rise higher than their predecessors who despite their obvious talent failed at the U20 world cup read The Baffling Dilemma of the U20 Eagles
As preparations swing into full gear we highlight 7 youngsters who could bring even more quality albeit to an already talented side
20 October 1997 (Age 18)
Lookman has had an impressive season for Charlton scoring five times in 16 starts from 20 appearances and was named Football League Apprentice of the Year in April 2016
He been courted by a host of top clubs including Arsenal Chelsea Totenham and recently Liverpool
He was a member of Team Nigeria UK and has never been capped by England at youth level.
Lookman is an exciting prospect, a good finisher, sweet crosses, and has an excellent shot on him too
August 26, 1998 (Age 17),
Samuel Kalu is an exciting Nigerian teenager who is comfortable as a central striker , a second striker or wide on the wings
He signed a two-year contract for Slovak side AS Trenčín on 9 December 2015 and made his professional debut against ŠK Slovan Bratislava on 27 February 2016
He has scored 3 goals in 10 appearances
6th June 1997 (Age 18 )
Nigerian youngster Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru has scored 6 goals in the last four games for AS Eupen
He is a key catalyst for his promotion chasing club who are currently 4th on the league table
Onyekuru is a left sided player who can play either on the wings or as a striker and is blessed with bags of pace
18th November 1997 ( Age 18 )
Ovie Ejaria joined Liverpool in 2014 after spending nine years with Arsenal
The 18-year-old can play as a centre forward or an attacking midfielder if required and his eye for goal is undeniable
He has excellent ability, he’s strong, quick and able to use either foot can create goals too
Ejaria though born in England has pledged his international future to Nigeria and trained with the Nigeria U17s squad prior to the 2013 Fifa Under 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates
Nicknamed the Nigeria “Paul Pogba , Sadiq was signed by Belgium league champions KAA Gent but loaned out to FK Haugesund Norway club of Super Eagles defender William Troost Ekong
However he found things tough at Haugesund despite his undeniable talent and was loaned again by parent club Gent this time back to Nigeria with Kano Pillars on the 15th of January where he will spend the next 5 months.
Comfortable as a central midfielder or support striker Sadiq Yusuf is already showing his importance at Pillars scoring in the match against FC Ebedei
February 2, 1997 (Age 19),
The New kanu as he is called in Italy was top scorer for Spezia where he scored a record-breaking 26 goals in 27 games in the Italian youth league.
Roma noticed and quickly took him on loan and after a few months he was promoted to the 1st team where he has scored 2 goals in 6 matches.
A tall lanky fast tricky finisher with silky touches, hugely talented and good in the air,
August 17, 1997 (Age 18)
Like Sadiq Umar he was also a standout at Spezia and also got taken on loan by Roma.
Had his progress slowed slightly due to a heart defect but he has thankfully recovered.
Dubbed the Nigerian Cafu in Italy and described as a Phenomenon he is blessed with astonishing pace and contributes loads of goals from his defensive position.