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CHAN Begins, Super Eagles Arrive Kigali


Super Eagles Team B will be playing their first match of the CHAN campaign against the Mena of Niger Republic at the Stade Regional de Nyamirambo, Kigali on Monday. Kick off time is 6pm Rwanda time (4pm Nigeria time). PHOTO: THENFF.COM

THE fourth edition of African Nations Championship (CHAN) starts today with host Rwanda taking on Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon squaring up with Morocco at the Kigali’s Amahoro Stadium.

Nigeria’s team B made of 23 players and 12 officials arrived at the Kigali International Airport from South Africa where they had a two-week training tour after perfecting their tactics at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria. The team had a similar duration at a training camp in Abuja.

In Pretoria, the CHAN Eagles defeated University of Pretoria 3-0, drew 1-1 with 2011 CHAN runners-up Angola and humbled Cote d’Ivoire 1-0 in friendlies.

The 2014 bronze medallists are staying at the Hill View Hotel in Kigali, the same hotel where the Super Eagles A stayed for a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Amavubi four years ago.

Eagles will play the Mena of Niger Republic in their first match of the campaign at the Stade Regional de Nyamirambo, Kigali on Monday, starting from 6pm Rwanda time (4pm Nigeria time).

Nigeria will also play Tunisia – champions of the second edition of the competition in Sudan five years ago – at the same Stade Regional de Nyamirambo on Friday, January 22, before traveling to Gisenyi to play Guinea at the Rubavu Stadium on Tuesday, January 26.

In 2014, the Super Eagles B lost 1-2 to Mali in the opening match in Cape Town, before defeating Mozambique 4-2 and then thrashing host South Africa 3-1 to reach the quarter -finals. In the quarter finals, they came back from three goals down to eliminate Morocco 4-3, but lost on penalties to Ghana’s Black Stars in the semi finals.

In the words of the team’s Media Officer, Toyin Ibiyoye: “We have arrived. Everyone is in the mood and there is robust self-belief among the players. They are rearing to go.”

The Guardian

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