CHAN 2014: Home Eagles Begin Training Today

•Home-based Super Eagles in training. Inset is Keshi

•Home-based Super Eagles in training. Inset is Keshi

Nigeria’s home-based players are expected to commence training today in Abuja ahead of the 2014 Africa Nations Championship CHAN competition billed for South Africa.

Media Officer of the team, Benjamin Alaiya, said that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, is leaving nothing to chance to ensure that the team are adequately prepared for the championship.

Alaiya further hinted that the technical crew of the Eagles has been mandated to do all within their means to ensure that they have a formidable team for the competition which Nigeria are playing for the first time. Already the invited players are in their Abuja camp getting set for the training sessions with Coach Stephen Keshi.

The Super Eagles are housed in Group A alongside hosts South Africa, Mali and Mozambique.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland); Isah Danladi (Sharks); Dele Alampasu (Abuja Football College)

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Defenders: Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Ebenezer Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Benjamin Francis (Heartland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Yinka Adedeji (Sharks); Reuben Ogbonnaya (El-Kanemi Warriors); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Chibuzor Madu (Enugu Rangers)

Midfielders: Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers); Etebo Oghenekaro (Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Ogonna Uzochukwu (Enugu Rangers); Achiv Douglas (Lobi Stars); Kelechi Iheanacho (Taiye Academy, Owerri); Mohammed Ajia (Bayelsa United); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC)

Forwards: Gambo Muhammad (Kano Pillars); Ifeanyi Ede (Enyimba FC); Nanen Imenger (Lobi Stars); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Ezekiel Mbah (Akwa United); Christian Obiozor (Enugu Rangers); Abubakar Aliyu (Nasarawa United); Gbolahan Salami (3SC); Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy, Ilorin)

Stand-by: Happy Okuoka (Heartland); Bello Ikeleji (Bendel Insurance); Obinna Nwachukwu (Heartland); Izuegbu Abonima (Enugu Rangers); Paul Ikenna (Sunshine Stars); John Austin Igenepo

—Adebobola Alawode