Ahead of the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda, the Home Base Super Eagles are not scared of facing the likes of Ivory Coast and Angola in warm-up matches that will be played in Pretoria, South Africa.
Only national team players who were playing in their country’s own domestic league are eligible to compete in the tournament.
A total of 16 teams qualified to play in the final tournament, including Rwanda who qualified automatically as hosts.
The Nigerian team which has began a ten day training camp in the land of the Madiba in preparation for the championship, will be hoping to surpass their previous feat where the team came third in South Africa two years ago under former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.
Tunde Adeniji scored twice as Super Eagles ‘B’ defeated University of Pretoria 3 – 0 in a test game, on Tuesday morning, as part of their preparations.
Angola had eliminated Bafana Bafana from qualifying for this year’s edition of the tournament on Wednesday, January 6.
Having announced the final 23-squad that will don the green and white colors of the senior national team in Kigali, Rwanda, the team’s coach, Sunday Oliseh is likely to lead the team against an Angola side, despite health issues.
Oliseh did not take part in the Eagles training camp in Abuja, but has since arrived in the Rainbow nation for the final leg of the build-up to the game. The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been struggling to keep fit though he’s been receiving treatment in Belgium.
The Super Eagles will miss the services of Warri Wolves striker, Gbolahan Salami, who left the team camp in a bid to tidy up a contract in Europe. However, the team can still bank on Tunde Adeniji, Prince Aggrey, Cisom Chikatara and Ezikiel Bassey to shoulder the goal scoring responsibility.
The team which has been drawn in group C alongside, Tunisia, Niger and Guinea, will play their opening match, January 18, against Niger at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo.
The CHAN tournament is scheduled to begin on January 16 and ends February 7.