Nigeria start CHAN preparations with thirty man list

Stephen Odey
Nigeria’s coach, Salisu Yusuf has kick started his Championship for African Nations, CHAN preparations by naming a 30 man team of players for the first qualifying game next month.

Highly impressive Akwa United and struggling Rangers contribute four players each to the team, the highest by any side in the League while FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Enyimba and Lobi Stars supply 3 each.

Plateau United provide 2, Kano Pillars 2, MFM 2 and one each from Katsina United, ABS FC, Rivers United, Nasarawa United, Gombe United, El Kanemi Warriors and Abia Warriors.

Leading the pack will be Ikechukwu Ezenwa of FC Ifeanyi Ubah and current top scorer in the League, Stephen Odey who plays for MFM FC.

Akwa United’s nimble –footed midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim, Elisha Golbe of League leaders Plateau United and Chiamaka Madu of champions Enugu Rangers are also called.

Kano Pillars’ experienced midfielder Rabiu Ali, Mathias Samuel of El-Kanemi Warriors, Nasarawa United’s Thomas Zenke and Sunday Adetunji of Abia Warriors will also report in camp.

Nigeria, 2014 bronze medallists, will lock horns with the winner of a preliminary fixture between West African neighbours, Togo and Benin, with the first leg taking place on the weekend of 11th – 13th August in either Cotonou or Lome, and the return leg in Nigeria on Saturday, 19th August.


Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC), Okiemute Odah (Lobi Stars), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders: Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Orji Kalu (Rangers International); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United); Elisha Golbe (Plateau United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Nasiru Sani (Katsina United), Osas Okoro (Rangers International), Chinedu Ajanah (ABS FC)
Midfielders: Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United); Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United); Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors), Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United), Chiamaka Madu (Rangers International)

Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Prince Aggreh (FC IfeanyiUbah); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC), Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United); Austin Oladapo (Gombe United), Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars), Sunday Adetunji (Abia Warriors), Ifeanyi George (Rangers International)
Share on Google Plus

About xxx

This is a short description in the author block about the author. You edit it by entering text in the "Biographical Info" field in the user admin panel.


  1. Good to hear this on Ideye. Sufficient publicity must be given to our players at China because that is the game that propels the EPL. I will love to see more of Ideye. Michel, and Ighalo in the Super eagles. Their experience is invaluable. Good job. (IRABOR)