Assistant Super Eagles Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has declared that the target for Nigeria at this month’s African Nations Championships, CHAN, is the trophy.
Coach Salisu told PREMIUM TIMES at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos as the home-based team prepared to depart Nigeria for their training camp in Pretoria, South Africa.
He said the coaching crew have carefully selected the best home legs and with prayers from Nigerians, the team should lift the trophy in Rwanda.
“The target is the trophy I must say, we have selected a crop of quality players that have been doing well for their various clubs, all we want now is for Nigerians to be behind us and pray for us so we can return with the trophy” the Coach stated.
The home-based Eagles team will be campaigning in Group C of this year’s championship alongside 2011 winners Tunisia, Niger Republic and Guinea, with matches to be played at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo, Kigali.
Nigeria finished third at the last edition held in South Africa in 2014 but the Sunday Oliseh-led squad now have their eyes on winning the Cup in Rwanda on February 7.
Already Coach Oliseh has released the list of 23 players to don the country’s colours in Rwanda.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Austin Oboroakpo and Chima Akas, Olympic Team midfielders Usman Mohammed and Yaro Bature and forward Chisom Chikatara headline a list that also includes Enyimba FC’s skillful winger Ezekiel Bassey, former junior international Ifeanyi Mathew and the Sunshine Stars’ trio of Paul Onobi, Prince Aggrey and Tunde Adeniji.
Former junior international goalkeeper Femi Thomas, Shooting Stars’ central defender Jamiu Alimi and former Supersand Eagles’ ace Bartholomew Ibenegbu have also been included.
The Eagles B team will play two friendly games against Angola and Cote d’Ivoire on January 6 and 11 respectively.