Chima Akas to captain Nigeria at African Nations Championship

The Akure Gunners' newly acquired defender will lead Super Eagles B to this month’s African Nations Championship billed for Rwanda

Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has confirmed that Chima Akas will captain the side to the 2016 African Nations Championship which commences on January 16 in Rwanda.

Gbolahan Salami, who was captain during the qualifying series, is absent from the squad in his bid to seal a foreign deal.

This leaves Akas, the assistant captain and player with the highest number of caps remaining in camp, to lead the team.

With that, the vice-captain role is vacant with the Super Eagles technical crew set to appoint a player to assist Akas.

Goal gathered that either Paul Onobi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa or Austin Obaroakpo are in contention to be announced as deputy skipper.

Nigeria begin their CHAN 2016 campaign against Niger Republic on January 18 at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo, Kigali before facing Tunisia and Guinea in Group C.

The Super Eagles B are hoping to go a higher than their third place finish at the 2014 edition staged in South Africa where they made their debut.