CHAN 2018: Super Eagles Start Chase For Elusive Trophy
Nigeria has won every shade of trophy in African football, from the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON trophy for men to the Africa Women Cup of Nations, AWCON for Women.
In the age-grade categories, Nigeria at various times, has emerged victorious in the U-17, U-20 as well as the U-23 cadres.
However, despite all the successes, one trophy; the Africa Nations Championships, CHAN has so far been elusive for Nigeria.
The quest to win that elusive trophy will again begin for Nigeria on Monday as the Super Eagles take on Rwanda in their opening game of the 2018 CHAN tournament
The Ikechukwu Ezenwa–captained squad will be in action at the Stade Ibn Batouta on Monday starting from 7.30pm (8.30pm Nigeria time).
Nigeria failed to qualify for the final competition of the first two editions of the CHAN, losing to Ghana in 2008 (ahead of Cote d’Ivoire 2009) and beaten on aggregate by Niger Republic in 2010 (ahead of Sudan 2011).
The Class of 2014 led by Stephen Keshi (of blessed memory) qualified after edging Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on aggregate, and then finished third in South Africa.
In 2015, the team coached by Sunday Oliseh also defeated Burkina Faso to qualify for the finals, but lost out at group phase in the finals in Rwanda few months later.
To reach the finals this time, Salisu Yusuf’s wards edged Benin Republic 2-1 on aggregate.
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