Nigeria announce strong squad for CHAN qualifiers

Eight players from the trip to Brazil will form the team that will play against Cote D’Ivoire as the Eagles seek their first CHAN tournament ticket

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has announced a strong squad for the country’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification match against Cote D’Ivoire as the country seeks its first participation since the competition started.

The team will consist of eight players that made the trip to Brazil for the Confederations Cup recently.

They are goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, defenders Azubuike Egwuekwe, Godfrey Oboabona, Solomon Kwambe and Benjamin Francis, midfielders Emeka Eze and Sunday Mba and forward Muhammad Gambo who will be joined by 14 other players in next weekend’s first leg game against the Elephants.

The Nigeria Football Federation also announced that the match will be played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Saturday, 6th July.

“We are happy for the favourable response from the Kaduna State Government, and we have also approached the National Sports Commission for permission to use the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna for the encounter.

“The grass is excellent and the entire facility is well maintained. The Super Eagles will find the place comfortable,” Barrister Musa Amadu, NFF General Secretary said.


Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC)

Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Ezekiel Bassey (Lobi Stars); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Chibuzor Okonkwo (Enugu Rangers)

Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers); Ayo Saka (Enyimba FC); Olufemi Oladapo (3SC); Emeka Eze (Enugu Rangers); Mohammed Ajia (Bayelsa United)

Forwards: Muhammad Gambo (Kano Pillars); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland FC); Gomo Onduku (Bayelsa United); Ifeanyi Edeh (Enyimba FC); Anthony Okputu (Lobi Stars); Pius Samson (Ranch Bees); Festus Ajah (Union Bank); Etebo Oghene (Warri Wolves); Dele Olorundare (Sunshine Stars)