Nigeria have named their 23-man list for the fourth Africa Nations Championship (Chan) to be held...
Nigeria have named their 23-man list for the fourth Africa Nations Championship (Chan) to be held in Rwanda from January 16. Leading the pack is Austin Obaroakpo who started in the important Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Swaziland in Port Harcourt with another starter Paul Onobi, also making the cut but captain of the side Gbolahan Salami is missing.
Sunshine Stars trio of Prince Aggreh, Stephen Eze and Tunji Adeniji were also named in a very youthful side that has under-23 internationals Bature Yaro and Usman Mohammed who helped the Under-23 team qualify for the Olympics a few weeks ago.
Warri Wolves veteran midfielder Bartholomew Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, who is popularly known as Mosquito, Enyimba’s Ezekiel Bassey and former under-20 midfielder Ifeanyi Matthew will make the trip. The team depart Nigeria for Pretoria, South Africa for the final phase of preparation where they will play two friendly games against Angola and Ivory Coast before heading out to Rwanda for the competition.
Gbolahan Salami's absence might be due to reports he is set to move to Europe.Just In: @NGSuperEagles 23 for #2016CHAN. Team on its way to Pretoria. #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/sB4uCvi2iV— The NFF (@thenff) January 2, 2016
The Super Eagles are in Group C of the championship alongside Tunisia, Guinea and Niger. Nigeria placed third at the last Chan in South Africa after defeating Zimbabwe 1-0 in the third place game.
Goalkeepers: Femi Thomas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Okemute Odah Defenders: Austin Obaroakpo, Stephen Eze, Samson Gbadebo, Jamiu Alimi, Chris Madaki, Chima Akas, Etim Matthew, Kalu Orji
Midfielders: Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Bature Yaro, Paul Onobi, Osas Okoro, Ezekiel Bassey, Bright Onyedikachi, Usman Mohammed, Ifeanyi Matthew
Attackers: Salawu Attah, Tunji Adeniji, Chisom Chikatara, Prince Aggreh