African Nations Championship, CHAN tagged Rwanda 2016 kicks off today and could well define Coach Sunday Oliseh’s time in charge of the national team, as he would be judged on the basis of the results and performances of the domestic league players at the bi-ennial tournament.
Already, expectations are high as the home based Eagles arrived in Rwanda yesterday and are expected to begin their campaign on Monday, January 18, against Niger at the Stade Regionale Nyamirambo in Kigali.
Nigeria is in Group C of the tournament alongside Tunisia, Guinea and Niger. The home- based Eagles finished third at the 2014 edition of the competition in South Africa. The team has been training in Pretoria, South Africa, since January 2 in readiness for the tournament and so far, they are unbeaten in both competitive and friendly matches.
Coach Oliseh said he expects the other teams at competition to come out fighting when they face the Super Eagles.
Oliseh said, “everyone will be out to fight us (in Rwanda). But we are on track, the boys are in high spirit and physically okay.”
Oliseh’s team finalised their build-up for the CHAN with a heart-warming 1-0 win over another CHAN-bound team Cote d’Ivoire.
“The boys gave it a shot. We created loads and loads of scoring chances and hope they can tap the home next time,” he said after the match.
Speaking ahead of the competition, Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu said, “We came close to winning the title the last time in South Africa but ended up with a bronze so we want to win the title for the first time for Nigeria.
“Our preparations both at home and South Africa have been excellent we hope to take the winning mentality to Kigali.
“The first match against neighbours, Niger is quite crucial as a win will put us on good stand going forward in the next two matches to Tunisia and Guinea.”


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