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Emmanuel happy to join U20s

Former Nigerian under 17 national team striker, Sani Shehu Emmanuel, has expressed joy at teaming up with the Under20 side ahead of the Fifa World Cup billed to kick off in Colombia this month.

Emmanuel said he is ready to make his mark at the Fifa Under20 World Cup in Colombia after securing a contract at Italian side, SS Lazio.

"I'm happy to be back in the team after playing for the Under17 in 2009. It is an opportunity that I'm going to have the chance to prove that I'm ready to serve my country again. I've signed for Lazio in Italy and now I will be focused on playing for the team," the 18-year-old forward said.

The former My People FC striker also said he is an improved player after training with several teams in Europe before he sealed a deal at SS Lazio.

"I'm a better striker now than in 2009. I will put to good use all that I have learnt at different clubs I've been to in Europe," he said.

Emmanuel was one of the Flying Eagles players that left the shores of Nigeria on Tuesday night for Faro in Portugal for pre-World Cup camping.

The striker is remembered for his cameo exploits at the 2009 Under17 World Cup in Nigeria when he scored five goals in five games for the Golden Eaglets.

The Flying Eagles will be camped at the Browns Sports and Leisure Club in Faro till July 16.

On July 13, the Nigerian Under20s will play their Portuguese counterparts in an international friendly in Lisbon.

The squad will then fly to Panama for a four-nation tournament before leaving for Colombia.

Nigeria are drawn in Group D with Croatia, Saudi Arabia and Guatemala.


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