U20 World Cup Squad Numbers : Bournemouth's Ofoborh Handed No. 13 Jersey Worn By Nigeria Greats Siasia, Igbinoba, Ikedia
Published: May 16, 2019
U20 World Cup Squad Numbers : Bournemouth's Ofoborh Handed No. 13 Jersey Worn By Nigeria Greats Siasia, Igbinoba, Ikedia
The Nigeria Football Federation have assigned squad numbers to the 21 players named to the country's squad list for the 2019 U20 World Cup which begins next week in Poland, allnigeriasoccer.com reports.

Curiously the number ten jersey usually reserved for the star player in the team was allocated to the unheralded Akwa United midfielder Aniekeme Okon, which means Manchester City whizkid Tom Dele-Bashiru gets another squad number, 8.

If the jersey numbers are anything to go by, manager Paul Aigbogun has not given a hint of his starting lineup, with first-choice goalkeeper Olawale Oremade, Rosenborg's Igho Ogbu and Bologna's Kingsley Michael not allocated 1-11 squad numbers.

Bournemouth midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh has been allocated the number 13 jersey and there is a history behind that shirt.

The number 13 was worn by Nigeria legend Samson Siasia at the 1985 World Youth Championship and Victor Igbinoba, who scored that famous goal against Germany in the final of the U16 World Championship, wore it during the 1987 WYC, while ex-Ajax Amsterdam star Pius Ikedia was allocated the shirt number in 1999.

2019 U20 World Cup Nigeria Squad Numbers

1) Detan Ogundare
2) Muhammad Rabiu
3) Ikouwem Utin
4) Peter Eletu
5) Aliu Salawudeen
6) Valentine Ozornwafor
7) Collins Sor
8) Tom Dele-Bashiru
9) Jerome Adams
10) Aniekeme Okon
11) Henry Offia
12) Igoh Ogbu
13) Nnamdi Ofoborh
14) Kingsley Michael
15) Jamil Muhammad
16) Olawale Oremade
17) Success Makanjuola
18) Chinonso Emeka
19) Effiom Maxwell
20) Tijani Muhammed
21) Jonathan Zaccala

Ifeanyi Emmanuel