Eagles start CHAN preparations against Plateau United

Salisu Yusuf
The home based Super Eagles will finally start their preparations for the African Nations Championships, CHAN against Plateau United on Wednesday.

In Match Day 3 of the NPFL invitational, the Eagles who only assembled in Kano will have their first feel of a competitive game of some sorts ahead of the CHAN.

Head coach Salisu Yusuf has promptly replaced injured Joseph Osadiaye with Nura Mohammed, while the place of former Akwa United FC defender Afeez Aremu, who a few days ago signed a contract with IK Start FC of Norway, will go to veteran wing back Chima Akas.

Yusuf has emphasized the importance of regaining a winning spirit ahead of the 5th African Nations Championship following a 4-1 bashing by Ghana in the WAFU Cup final in September.

After defeating Sierra Leone and drawing with Mali and Guinea, the Eagles overpowered Ghana and Benin Republic to reach the WAFU Cup final, only to lose to the host nation in Cape Coast.

Nigeria qualified for the 5th African Nations Championship following a 2-1 aggregate win over Benin Republic in August, and will play Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Libya in Group C at the finals starting on 13th January.

In Kano, the Eagles will rest on Thursday before clashing with two –time African champions Enyimba FC at the same venue on Friday, with the final set for Sunday.

Officials confirmed to thenff.com that after the Super Six Tournament, 25 players would be involved in a second phase of camping before the team departs for Morocco early next month.

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