BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Nigeria’s group opponents at the 5th edition of 2018 African Nations Championship will emerge on Friday 17 November after the draw in Rabat, Morocco.
The competition scheduled from 12th January to 4th February 2018 in Morocco, in the cities of Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier, will bring together 16 national teams constituted of local based players.
A meeting of the Organizing Committee of Total CHAN, schedule for November 15th, still in Rabat, will decide on the draw procedures.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, winner of the last edition in Rwanda, will not defend its title because eliminated by its neighbor Congo.
Nigeria qualified for their third appearance at the tournament in August after edging neigbours Benin Republic 2-1 on aggregate in the Second Round. The home Super Eagles lost the first 1-0 to the Squirrels in Cotonou and triumphed 2-0 in the second leg at Sani Abacha Stadium.
Qualified countries are: Morocco (host country), Egypt, Libya (Northern Zone), Uganda, Sudan (Central-East Zone), Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea (Central Zone), Guinea, Mauritania (West A Zone), Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria (West B Zone), Angola, Namibia, Zambia (South Zone).
Kenya was announced as the host nation in February 2016, but in September 2017, CAF decided to change the host nation due to a lack of progress with preparations.Morocco was announced as the host nation in October 2017.