Three uncapped teenagers who could break into Super Eagles squad before 2026 World Cup

Published: February 27, 2024
Three uncapped teenagers who could break into Super Eagles squad before 2026 World Cup

The Nigerian national team, fondly known as the Super Eagles, has a rich history of unearthing young talents who go on to become stars on the international stage.


As the next FIFA World Cup in 2026 approaches, several exciting young Nigerian players are already making waves in Europe, and some could potentially break into the senior national team squad before the tournament. explores the prospects of three talented teenagers who could break into the Super Eagles squad before football's biggest showpiece in 2026.


1. Samuel Omorodion (19 years old, forward, Deportivo Alavés on loan from Atlético Madrid)


Leading the pack is the dynamic forward, Samuel "Samu" Omorodion. Born in Spain to Nigerian parents, Samu has already carved a path for himself in Spanish football.


Currently on loan at Deportivo Alavés from Atlético Madrid, the 19-year-old has impressed with his pace, dribbling skills, and eye for goal, netting nine goals along with an assist in twenty-five league appearances so far this campaign.


Although the former Granada forward is a Spain U21 international,  his potential has not gone unnoticed by Nigerian fans and pundits alike.


His performances could be likened to compatriot and former Granada forward, Isaac Success, and he is seen as a player who could add a lot more firepower to the Super Eagles attack.


2. George Ilenikhena (17 years old, forward, Royal Antwerp)


Another exciting prospect is 17-year-old George Ilenikhena, who is already making a name for himself in the Belgian Pro league with Royal Antwerp.


Despite his young age, Ilenikhena has already found the net eleven times in 36 games this term, showcasing his natural finishing ability and potential.


His impressive goalscoring record suggests he could be one to watch in the coming years.


If he continues his development and catches the eye of the national team selectors, Ilenikhena could become a valuable asset to the Super Eagles attack.


3. David Ozoh (18 years old, midfielder, Crystal Palace):


Last but not least is David Ozoh, an 18-year-old midfielder currently plying his trade for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.


Born in Valencia to Nigerian parents, Ozoh has represented England U18s but Nigeria are his first choice at senior level. 


Ozoh has impressed with his technical ability and physicality. If he continues to develop and gain more playing time at club level,


Ozoh could become a strong contender for a place in the Super Eagles squad in the future.



The Road to the 2026 World Cup:


While breaking into the Super Eagles squad at such a young age is no easy feat, these three players possess the talent and potential to make their mark on the international stage.


With the 2026 World Cup looming, the upcoming years will be crucial for their development and their chances of impressing the national team selectors. 


It is important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other talented young Nigerian players emerging both in Europe and domestically who could challenge for a place in the Super Eagles squad in the coming years.


The future of Nigerian football looks bright, and these three teenagers are just a glimpse of the exciting talent pool the Super Eagles can draw from as they set their sights on sealing qualification for the 2026 World Cup and beyond.



Ejim Kaycee



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