Eagles will win next CHAN tournament, Oboabona says


The Nigerian team came in third place at the just concluded CHAN tournament.

After falling short of winning the African Nations Championships, CHAN, trophy in their first try in South Africa, Super Eagles defender, Godffrey Oboabona, on Wednesday made a bold declaration that Nigeria would win the 2016 edition billed to take place in Rwanda.

According to Oboabona who currently stars for Turkish side Rizespor, the Eagles were clearly the best team at the CHAN 2014 even though they ended up in third place behind champions, Libya, and runners-up Ghana.

“I trust that at the next tournament Nigeria will win it, even as most people rightly agreed that we were the best team at the CHAN tournament.” Oboabona enthused.

Despite the third-place finish, the former Sunshine Stars of Akure skipper saluted the resolute display of the home based national team at the competition.

“I just left the country a few months ago and many of the players were calling me in the course of the tournament to get inspiration and support. Some of them were even saying I should have been there but I saw most of the games and my colleagues like Azubuike Egwuekwe and Kunle Odunlami, were simply fantastic,” he said.

While congratulating continental ruling body, CAF, for initiating the tournament, Oboabona said the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and Coach Stephen Keshi should be thanked for discovering players like himself and members of the CHAN Eagles. He said that there are still more players in the country waiting to be discovered.

“The NFF has been supporting our coach and his programmes and that has been the reason why we have so many players of international standard from Nigeria,” he said.

On his club career, Oboabona said “it’s tough, but we are surviving it and I hope to put up a good display this weekend to celebrate the CHAN Super Eagles.”

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