CHAN 2016 Qualifiers: Nigeria drawn against Burkina Faso

The home-based Super Eagles team have been handed a seemingly fair draw as they seek qualification for the Orange African Nations Championship, CHAN,​ Rwanda 2016.
They were pitched alongside Burkina Faso in the draws conducted on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
Sunday’s draw was done based on the zonal representation of the National Associations affiliated to CAF and Nigeria was seeded in Zone West B which also houses fellow West African Countries, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger , Burkina Faso and Togo.

The first leg games in the respective groups are expected to be played in the weekend of October 16-18 while the second leg games comes up a fortnight later between  October 23-25 2015,

The winners of the three fixtures in the zone will join the twelve others that would emerge from the other groups  including the host Rwanda to complete a roster of 16 teams.

Now going into its 4th edition, Nigeria has only qualified for the CHAN tournament just once;  at the last edition held in South Africa where the home-based Eagles finished third. 

The CHAN tournament is designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.

The first edition was held in 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire with DR Congo emerging as champions. The second edition held in 2011 in Sudan had Tunisia as winners whilst Libya won the third edition in 2014 in South Africa.


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  • Remi

    “…I would have preferred Mugabe’s
    inevitable march to self-destructive ignominy. I hope that democracy in Africa
    will find a way to consign Paul Biya, Yoweri Museveni, and Teodoro Obiang to
    the dustbin of history without the dirty hands of the military. …”

    Professor, this is wishful thinking. It will never happen in Africa,
    where we all belong to States , that were created for us behind our backs, and
    whose ownership we are incapable, unwilling or de-motivated to take full charge
    of. Is it not unfortunate that, after rooting so enthusiastically for a Mugabe
    dynasty, it had to take an illegality (a
    military coup) to get the youth wing of ZAANU-PF, to think correctly? Insofar as, and for
    whatever reasons, “good” men and women continue
    to keep quiet in the face of evil – a very common scenario in Africa; so long
    will the likes of Mugabe rule the roost for as long as they wish; and we will only
    be able to be rid of them when they
    disagree among themselves, as is now the case in Zimbabwe.

  • Damilola

    Prof, the truth is sometimes a pendulum and common sense a child of necessity. It’s a mere wishful thinking or better put; a pipe dream, to think democracy will find its way somehow in the case of Zimbabwe where the plans were getting set to position madam Grace as a successor. Madam would only think of one thing afterwards and that is the establishment of Mugabe’s dynasty in the impoverished state of Zimbabwe. If the military had not acted now, it’s only a matter of time; Zimbabwe’s story was never meant to end better than the noble action of the military who staged a bloodless “purge of government.” Although, not yet a revolution, as power still tend to reside heavily with the same pple that have ruled and supported the failed govt for years, the subtle purge is a step towards a new Zimbabwe.

    Forget those guys jumping and dancing in white house and Downing street, they had their own time last year, with Brexit foolishness and the monster Trump. Democracy in the America can deal and already dealing with Trump, but not in Cameroon or Uganda. Non of these men including Mugabe feared better in governance despite their opposition to western witches and wizards that haunts their development compared to their ilks at pally with these forces. That tells a lot about our leadership culture.