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CHAN Eagles depart for Morocco

Nigeria’s Home-based Eagles will fly out of the

country this night for the 5 African Nations Championship

taking place in Morocco between January 13 –February 4, 2018.

A few days ago, Head Coach Salisu Yusuf named a 23-man

team to fly Nigeria’s flag at the finals, where the 2014 bronze

medallists will play 2014 champions Libya, Rwanda and

Equatorial Guinea in Group C.

Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor said at the weekend that

the delegation will fly aboard a Turkish Airline flight from the

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and connect Rabat

from Istanbul on Tuesday morning.

“The team will train for a few days in Rabat before heading to

Tangier on Friday, 12 January,” Achor explained to .

The Ikechukwu Ezenwa-captained squad will take on Rwanda

(hosts of the last edition of the competition two years ago) at

the Stade Ibn Batouta on Monday, January 15, starting from

7.30pm (8.30pm Nigeria time), before games against Libya at

the same venue on Friday, January 19 (starting from 4.30pm;

5.30pm Nigeria time) and Equatorial Guinea in Agadir on

Tuesday, January 23 (starting 7pm Morocco time; 8pm Nigeria


Nigeria failed to qualify for the final competition of the first two

editions of the CHAN, losing to Ghana in 2008 (ahead of Cote

d’Ivoire 2009) and beaten on aggregate by Niger Republic in

2010 (ahead of Sudan 2011).

The Class of 2014 led by Stephen Keshi (of blessed memory)

qualified after edging Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on aggregate, and then

finished third in South Africa.

In 2015, the team coached by Sunday Oliseh also defeated

Burkina Faso to qualify for the finals, but lost out at group phase

in the finals in Rwanda few months later.

To reach the finals this time, Salisu Yusuf’s wards edged Benin

Republic 2-1 on aggregate.


Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Oladele Ajiboye

(Plateau United); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Osas Okoro (Rangers International); Daniel James

(Plateau United); Kalu Orji Okogbue (Rangers International);

Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Abdullahi Musa (Wikki Tourists);

Timothy Danladi (Katsina United); Ifeanyi Nweke (Kano Pillars);

Stephen Eze (Kano Pillars)

Midfielders : Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano

Pillars); Augustine Oladapo (Enyimba FC); Ekundayo Ojo

(Sunshine Stars)

Forwards: Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United); Anthony Okpotu (Lobi

Stars); Eneji Moses (Plateau United); Ibrahim Mustapha (Enyimba

FC); Emeka Ogbuh (Rivers United); Sunday Faleye (Shooting

Stars); Nur Muhammed (El-Kanemi Warriors); Okechukwu Gabriel

(Akwa United)

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