After a failed expedition in Rwanda 2016, the Super Eagles would be hoping to battle for the top prize in the next edition billed for Kenya.
But they must first negotiate their way past either of the west African teams – to push for a ticket in the competition.
Returning to the national team is former Nigeria U17 goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye who is expected to give Ikechukwu Ezenwa a tough fight for a starter’s shirt.
Also making the cut are Kano Pillars’ Jamiu Alimi and MFM’s Sikiru Olatunbosun.
LIST IN FULL
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC), Okiemute Odah (Lobi Stars), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)
Defenders: Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Orji Kalu (Rangers International); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United); Elisha Golbe (Plateau United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Nasiru Sani (Katsina United), Osas Okoro (Enugu Rangers) , Chinedu Ajanah (ABS FC)
Midfielders: Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United); Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United); Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors), Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United), Chiamaka Madu (Enugu Rangers)
Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Prince Aggreh (FC IfeanyiUbah); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC), Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United); Austin Oladapo (Gombe United), Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars), Sunday Adetunji (Abia Warriors), Ifeanyi George (Enugu Rangers)