Coach Salisu Yusuf has picked 20 home based players for Sunday’s first leg 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying match away to Benin Republic. CHAN is exclusively reserved for footballers plying their trade in their countries’ domestic leagues, the Super Eagles won the bronze medals at the third edition in 2014.
CHAN EAGLES SELECTED
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)
Defenders: Orji Kalu (Rangers International); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Nasiru Sani (Katsina United); Osas Okoro (Rangers International)
Midfielders: Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United); Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United)
Forwards: Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC); Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi George (Rangers International)
MATCH OFFICIALS FOR THE FIRST LEG
Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal will be at the centre of hostilities at the Stade de l’Amitie on Sunday,he will be assited by compatriots Mokrane Gourari (Assistant Referee 1), Mohammed Serradj (Assistant Referee 2) and Said Aquina (Reserve Referee). The match between the West African Nations will start from 4pm.
The return leg will hold at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Saturday, 19th August, 2017 with the winner qualifying for the 5th African Nations Championship scheduled for Kenya early next year