Super Eagles head coach, Salisu Yusuf has released his final squad of 23 players for the fifth African Nations Championship (CHAN) scheduled to begin January 12 in Morocco.
Goalkeeper and captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa, midfielder Rabiu Ali and Nigerian League top striker, Anthony Okpotu were included in the squad announced in a press release by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday.
Enyimba’s Ezenwa is joined by two other goalkeepers Dele Ajiboye of Plateau United and Theophilus Afelokhai of Enyimba.
Defenders Osas Okoro, Stephen Eze and Kalu Orji Okogbue also made the squad, as well as midfielders Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Ekundayo Ojo and forwards Sunday Faleye and Emeka Atuloma.
The team of 23 players and their officials are expected to fly out of the country in a few days, to continue preparations in Morocco ahead of the team’s opener against Rwanda in Tangier on Monday, January 15.
Nigeria will also play Libya at the same Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier on Friday, January 19, before travelling to Agadir to tackle Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday, January 23.
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Oladele Ajiboye (Plateau United); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC)
Defenders: Osas Okoro (Rangers International); Daniel James (Plateau United); Kalu Orji Okogbue (Rangers International); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba FC); Abdullahi Musa (Wikki Tourists); Timothy Danladi (Katsina United); Ifeanyi Nweke (Kano Pillars); Stephen Eze (Kano Pillars)
Midfielders: Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Augustine Oladapo (Enyimba FC); Ekundayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars)
Forwards: Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United); Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars); Eneji Moses (Plateau United); Ibrahim Mustapha (Enyimba FC); Emeka Ogbuh (Rivers United); Sunday Faleye (Akwa United); Nura Muhammed (El Kanemi Warriors); Okechukwu Gabriel (Akwa United).
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