CHAN Eagles arriving at Hotel Royal in Benin Republic on Friday.
BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Nigeria have arrived in Benin Republic and comfortably settled into Hotel Royal ahead of Sunday’s 2018 African Nations Championship 2ND Round, first leg qualifying tie against the Squirrels.
As earlier reported by sportsrollcall.com, the team departed for the neighbouring by bus on Friday morning following their arrival in Lagos from Kano, where they had two-week camping exercise training daily at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
Meanwhile, the team head coach, Salisu Yusuf released a list of final 20 players to prosecute the game, as Nigeria begin their quest for a ticket to the final holding in Kenya in January.
The Confederation of African Football has appointed Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal to take charge of proceedings starting at 4pm at the Stade de l’Amitie.
He will be assisted by compatriots Mokrane Gourari (Assistant Referee 1), Mohammed Serradj (Assistant Referee 2) and Said Aquina (Reserve Referee).
After Nigeria failed to reach the finals of the first two editions of the competition exclusively reserved for footballers plying their trade in their countries’ domestic Leagues, the Super Eagles won the bronze medals at the third edition in 2014. They however could not make the knock –out stage at the fourth edition in Rwanda early last year.