Thursday, 15 October 2015

Nigeria, Burkina Faso CHAN qualifier now holds on Saturday

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday disclosed that the home-based Super Eagles’ 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final round, first leg qualifier against the Etalons of Burkina Faso will now take place on Saturday.

According to the federation, the game will start at 4.00 p.m. at the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

A statement by the NFF reveals that Boubou Traore from Mali will serve as centre referee for the encounter, with his compatriots, Bobo Yomboliba, Boubacar Kinta and Harouna Coulibaly, as assistant referee one, assistant referee two and reserve referee respectively.

Mr. Pedro De Morais Neto, from Angola, will be match commissioner.

The team of 25 players is currently training for the encounter in Port Harcourt under the watchful eyes of Assistant Coaches Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu.

They are goalkeepers Femi Thomas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, David Obiazor and Okemute Odah; defenders Chima Akas, Austin Oboroakpo, Kalu Orji, Solomon Kwambe, Idris Aloma, Samson Gbadebo, Jamiu Alimi and Stephen Eze.

Also in the team are midfielders Abdulrazak Aliyu, Ifeanyi Mathew, Paul Onobi, Usman Mohammed, Bature Yaro and Osas Okoro; and forwards Ezekiel Bassey, Chisom Chikatara, Tunde Adeniji, Prince Aggrey, Bright Onyedikachi and Dayo Ojo.

Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two editions of a competition reserved for senior players plying their trade in their country’s domestic league, but won bronze medal at the third edition held in South Africa early last year.

The winner over two legs between Nigeria and Burkina Faso will be eligible for a place at the fourth African Nations Championship scheduled to hold in Rwanda early next year.

Guardian

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