The Super Eagles will depart Abuja today for the 5th edition of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), which starts from January 13. This is according to Toyin Ibitoye, the team’s media officer, who spoke to newsmen on Sunday.
“Yes, we will be travelling on Monday night from Abuja,” he said when INDEPENDENT asked him to confirm the travelling arrangement for the team.
However, Dayo Enebi Achor, the team administrator, also said on Sunday that the delegation would fly aboard a Turkish Airline flight from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and connect Rabat from Istanbul on Tuesday morning.
“The team will train for a few days in Rabat before heading to Tangier on Friday, 12th January,” Achor explained.
Nigeria have never won the biannual championship with their best outing being the third place finished achieved during the third edition in South Africa in 2014.
To underline the team’s desire to fly high in Morocco, Salisu Yusuf, the coach of the side, while speaking on Sunday, noted that the team had prepared hard for the tough task ahead, promising that they would expectedly return with glory.
“We are prepared for what we are going for, and we are sure we will return with glory,” he said.
In the final list for the competition released last week, the Super Eagles, otherwise called CHAN Eagles, comprise of three goalkeepers, including mainstream Super Eagles goalie, Ikechukwu Ezenwa; eight defenders, four midfielders and eight strikers, which include Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top scorer last season, Anthony Okpotu of Lobi Stars.
Nigeria is participating for the third time in the championship since its inception in 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire, with the Eagles playing their opening match on January 15 against Rwanda. Other countries in the same group with Nigeria include former champions, Libya, and Equatorial Guinea.