CHAN 2016: Nigeria faces Angola as preparation continues

 

Ahead of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the Super Eagles of Nigeria will confront the Palancas Negras of Angola in an international friendly on Wednesday, January 6.
The encounter will serve as test for the Nigerian team ahead of the CHAN tournament slated for January 16 in Rwanda.

The coach of the national team, Sunday Oliseh who has arrived Pretoria expressed optimism about the match adding that they had began training since Sunday.

The skillful Angolan team finished as runner-up at the 2ndAfrican Nations Championship in Sudan five years ago, while Nigeria finished in third place at the 3rd edition in South Africa in 2014.

Wednesday’s clash comes five days before another top duel – a friendly with Cote d’Ivoire at the same Tuks University Stadium.

The home based Super Eagles team will leave for Rwanda on January 15, three days before the team trade tackles with neighbours-to-the-north Niger Republic in their first match of the tournament, at the astro-turf Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali.

The Super Eagles team will be captained by Chima Akas in the absence of Gbolahan Salami who will also play Tunisia and Guinea in Group C, with the match against the Guineans scheduled for the city of Rubavu.

Meanwhile, Sunday Oliseh, the head coach of Nigeria international football team, has named 23 players who will take part in African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.

The championship will be held from January 16 to February 7, 2016.

Soccernet/Aisha JM