by using Joe Apu
The Squirrels of Benin Republic will on Sunday take on the CHAN tremendous Eagles in the first leg 2d round qualifier in advance of the CHAN 2018 with a mind-set to upstage the Nigerians. The host file out with a minimum of seven Nigerians on their facet decided to stop the Eagles a chance to be in Kenya next 12 months.
in their recreation against Togo, at least two Nigerians started the 2nd leg fit particularly Ogoulola Ibrahim and Elegbede Jules with Benin passports.
“you are going to play towards some other Nigerian workforce,” warned a top supply from Cotonou.
“a number of the players are from Nigeria and so they had been handiest given the passports and names of Benin people.
The supply additional revealed: “The avid gamers we are talking about can hardly discuss French, which is the reputable language in Benin.
Nigeria and Benin enjoy close social and economic ties that Nigerian like Razak Omotoyossi, Emmanuel Fabiyi, Isaac Loute and Muri Ogunbiyi were capped at full international stage through Benin.
The Benin aspect is captained by using midfielder Mama Seibou with former global ahead Oumar Tchomogo heading the technical crew.
meanwhile, instruct Salisu Yusuf has opted for goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Orji Kalu and Osas Okoro, midfielders Alhassan Ibrahim and Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, forwards Stephen Odey and Ifeanyi George, and 13 different players for Sunday’s 2018 African international locations Championship qualifying in shape away to Benin Republic.
There are additionally goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, defender Chima Akas, midfielder Rabiu Ali and forward Thomas Zenke.
Goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai, defenders Ariwachukwu Emmanuel, Stephen Eze and Nasiru Sani, midfielders Hafiz Aremu, Raphael Ayagwa and Samuel Mathias and forwards Sikiru Olatubosun and Kingsley Eduwo full the record of the enjoying body so as to fly from Kano to Lagos on Friday and then make the quick travel to Cotonou by street comparable day.
The Confederation of African football has appointed Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal to take cost of proceedings at the Stade de l’Amitie on Sunday, starting from 4pm.
he will be assisted by means of compatriots Mokrane Gourari (Assistant Referee 1), Mohammed Serradj (Assistant Referee 2) and mentioned Aquina (Reserve Referee).
After Nigeria failed to succeed in the finals of the primary two editions of the competitors exclusively reserved for footballers plying their alternate of their international locations’ home Leagues, the tremendous Eagles gained the bronze medals at the third variation in 2014. They however could not make the knock –out stage at the fourth model in Rwanda early closing year.
The return leg will hang at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Saturday, 19th August, with the winner qualifying for the fifth African international locations Championship scheduled for Kenya early subsequent yr.
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)
Defenders: Orji Kalu (Rangers international); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Nasiru Sani (Katsina United); Osas Okoro (Rangers world)
Midfielders: Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United); Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United)
Forwards: Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC); Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United); Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi George (Rangers world).