Flying Eagles coach John Obuh has aced nine players from the squad that will play at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
After crashing out of the first round of the Toulon tournament, Obuh is optimistic that his experimentation at the event will be put to proper use as the Flying Eagles hope to clinch their first World Cup title.
Sikiru Alimi, Lucky Omeruo, Sebastine Osigwe, Bright Ejike, Jamilu Collins, Hassan Abubakar, Daniel Etor, Samuel Mathias and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi have been asked to return back to their various bases as the team returns to Elfershausen, Germany.
The coach left out his experienced players for the Toulon invitational and named a weak side to access their capabilities. A 1-1 draw against Brazil was the best result they could muster out of the France event, but Obuh is confident by the time the final preparatory touches have been put in place; it will be a different story in Turkey.
“We conducted a training camp in Germany with 30 players and then I took 23 of them to the Toulon tournament, where several of the other teams that will compete in Turkey were also playing,” Obuh disclosed to FIFA.com.
“The seven players that I left behind were those who were already in my plans. I wanted to give the other players a chance to show me what they can do.
“I think few people can argue that African players do not have the skills.
“The skills are already embedded, but the character is lacking and that is something that we are working on.”
Obuh led the Golden Eagles to second place in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted on home soil, and two years later was in charge of the Flying Eagles in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. The coach stressed the role experience has got to play in the forthcoming 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey claiming he will put his to proper use.
“The experience I have from the finals in Colombia in 2011, or even from 2009, when we hosted the Under-17 World cup finals, is something that I can use now as we prepare for Turkey,” Obuh said.
“It will also come to good use at the finals themselves.”