Friday, December 6, 2013

Keshi calls up 30 players for Chan

Super Eagles chief coach Stephen Keshi has invited 30 players to camp preparatory to the Chan championship taking lace in January in South Africa.

Nigeria will be participating in the bi-annual event for the first time after eliminating Ivory Coast in the qualifiers.

The 30-man squad include four goalkeepers, nine defenders, eight midfielders and nine strikers.

Top among the called up players include Sunday Mba, Chigozie Agbim, Bright Esieme, Oghenekaro Etebo, Rabiu Ali and Gambo Muhammad among others.

Six players have been put on stand-by by the Nigerian manager.

Nigeria head coach, Keshi, in the wake of announcing the roster ahead the 2014 Chan is optimistic of leading his team to a fine outing in their maiden appearance at the tournament.

“We are going to the Chan for the first time but we want to be the best at our very first outing,” he said in Salvador on Thursday morning.

The players are expected to resume camping for the Chan on December 9 in Abuja.
Nigeria will play hosts, South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in Group A at the tournament starting on January 11, 2014.

Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland); Isah Danladi (Sharks); Dele Alampasu (Abuja Football College)

Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Ebenezer Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Yinka Adedeji (Sharks); Reuben Ogbonnaya (El-Kanemi Warriors); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Chibuzor Madu (Enugu Rangers)

Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers); Etebo Oghenekaro (Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Ogonna Uzochukwu (Enugu Rangers); Achiv Douglas (Lobi Stars); Kelechi Iheanacho (Taiye Academy, Owerri); Mohammed Ajia (Bayelsa United); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC)

Forwards: Gambo Muhammad (Kano Pillars); Ifeanyi Ede (Enyimba FC); Nanen Imenger (Lobi Stars); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Ezekiel Mbah (Akwa United); Christian Obiozor (Enugu Rangers); Abubakar Aliyu (Nasarawa United); Gbolahan Salami (3SC); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy, Ilorin)
Stand-by: Happy Okuoka (Heartland); Bello Ikeleji (Bendel Insurance); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland); Izuegbu Abonima (Enugu Rangers); Paul Ikenna (Sunshine Stars); John Austin Igenepo

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