Sunday Oliseh names 23 players for 2016 African Nations Championship
It has been reported that Super Eagles Head Coach Sunday Oliseh released the 23 names of the B squad who will be playing at the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda during a meeting in Abuja.
According to a statement by the Assistant Director (Communications) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, Oliseh initially selected 26 players to train for the championship last year in Abuja, before settling on the final 23. The list includes goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Austin Oboroakpo and Chima Akas, 2016 Olympic team midfielders Usman Mohammed and Yaro Bature and forward Chisom Chikatara, among others.
The list also has Enyimba International FC’s winger Ezekiel Bassey, former junior international Ifeanyi Mathew and Sunshine Stars’ trio of Paul Onobi, Prince Aggrey and Tunde Adeniji. Also included are junior international goalkeeper Femi Thomas, Shooting Stars’ central defender Jamiu Alimi and former Supersand Eagles’ ace Bartholomew Ibenegbu.
The Super Eagles B team left the country for Cape Town, South Africa this afternoon where they are set to attend a 10-day pre-Championship training camp and play two friendly games against Angola and Cote d’Ivoire.
In 2014, Super Eagles B finished third at the third edition of the African Nations Championship held in South Africa.This year, the Eagles will campaign in Group C alongside 2011 winners Tunisia, Niger Republic and Guinea.
The championship will kick off on Jan. 16 and end on Feb. 7.