Captain of the home-based Super Eagles, Ikechukwu Ezenwa is confident that the team will perform at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) hence stand the chance to make Nigeria’s World Cup squad.
The first choice goalkeeper admitted that the tournament, which is holding in Morocco from January 13 to February 4, will be tough but says the players are fully prepared to battle through Rwanda, Libya and Equatorial Guinea in the group stage.
“Rwanda, Libya and Equatorial Guinea are very good sides when it comes to the CHAN tournament. Look at the last edition, Rwanda were very tough and they performed better than us,” the 29-year-old Enyimba shot stopper told thenff.com.
“Libya are former champions so they are no newcomers to the competition and for Equatorial Guinea, they will be coming with the bunch of players that played the World Cup qualifiers for them, so to be honest, it’s going to be a very tough group for us but we are up to the task.
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“First of all, we are going to take each game as it comes; we have had very good preparation so far and the unity in the team is awesome and with that, I am confident of a better outing than the last time in Rwanda.”
Nigeria, who won bronze in the 2014 edition of the championship, could not progress beyond the group stage at the last edition in Rwanda two years ago. But Ezenwa insists the team wil make the nation proud in Morocco.
“I think any player that does very well will have an opportunity because the Technical Adviser, Mr. Gernot Rohr, will be in Morocco with us just like he was with us in Ghana where some players who did well were invited for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia.
“So, I strongly believe anyone who proves himself well will definitely get a look-in, but the most important thing for us right now is to go to Morocco and do the nation proud by winning the trophy,” he stated.
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