By Johnny Edward:
The home-based Super Eagles camp for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) opened in Port Harcourt on Monday, ahead of the first leg clash against the Etalons of Burkina Faso at the Adokiye Amesieamaka Stadium on October 18.
Assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf, will take charge of training in the absence of Sunday Oliseh who is in Belgium with the main Eagles for this week’s international friendlies against Congo and Cameroun.
Completesportsnigeria.com can report that as at 10:50pm Monday night, 17 players were at the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt, with other players expected in on Tuesday.
Confirmed players in camp are: Tunde Adeniji (Sunshine Stars), Dayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars), Stephen Eze (Sunshine Stars), Abdulrazaq Abdul (Enyimba FC), Idris Aloma (Enyimba FC), Solomon Kwambe (Warri Wolves), Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba FC),Kalu Orji (Enugu Rangers),Osas Okoro (Enugu Rangers),Jamiu Alimi (Shooting Stars), Gbolahan Salami, David Obiazor, Samson Gbadebo, Bright Onyedikachi and Godwin Obaji.
Usman Mohammed and Ifeanyi Matthew were still being expected on Monday night.
The return leg fixture comes up in Ouagadougou on October 25.
Meanwhile all six home-based players who were picked for the two friendlies in Belgium with the mainstream squad, against Congo DR and Cameroon, on October 8 and 11 respectively, will join the 19 players on their return to the country on October 12.
These are goalkeepers Femi Thomas (Enyimba FC) and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars), defenders Chima Akas (Sharks FC) and Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors), midfielder Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars) and forward Prince Aggrey (Sunshine Stars).