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The Flying Eagles new captain has said he believes that he can lead his country to Under-20 success in North Africa...

Striker Odion Ighalo, who is on loan to Granada of Spain from Udinese, has been named Nigeria skipper for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which kicks off in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday.

The Nigeria squad in Egypt had to choose between Ighalo and Daniel Chima Uchechi, who features for West Ham United, and according to the daily sportspaper, Complete Sports, coach Samson Siasia settled the argument after the players were tied on ten votes each.

Nigeria were led to third place at the African Youth Championship in February by Monaco midfielder Lukman Haruna, whose outspokenness has earned him flak from officials.

Ighalo said he is confident the Flying Eagles can become the first African team to win the U-20 World Cup. They have previously reached the final twice - in 1989 and 2005.

"Our target is to win the cup. We have the talent, are determined and have worked hard to believe we can do this," he declared.

Nigeria begin their campaign in Egypt against Venezuela on Friday. The other teams in their group are Spain and Tahiti.

Samm Audu, Goal.com

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