Head coach of the home-based Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, is set to reshuffle his squad for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) with players who made impact at the on-going NPFL invitational tournament.
A 30-man home Eagles team were called up to prepare for next year’s CHAN at the pre-season competition in Kano, where they have been up against top five domestic league sides since December 11.
CHAN 2018 will begin January 13 in Morocco and a source told Complete Sports that Yusuf and his crew are using the competition in Kano as leverage to discover impressive players fit for national duty.
According to the source, the coaches are already taking down names of players who have been exceptional so far, and they will called upon as soon as the tournament is over.
“The NPFL invitational is a big chance to discover new players for CHAN 2018 and the (coach) is ready to give players who impress here the opportunity to go to Morocco,” said the source.
“Already, we have pencilled down some names and they will be invited immediately the competition is over.
“The players who are already in the team know the stake is high and we are happy others are fighting hard to come in which is another good reason to have a competition like this.
“The second phase of our preparation will start early next year and we hope all the players will give their all.”
The Eagles will kick off their CHAN campaign against Rwanda on January 15, before facing Libya and Equatorial Guinea in their other group games.
The Nigerian team failed to advance from the group stage at the last edition in Rwanda, and would hope for a better performance in Morocco next year.
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