In order to avoid the repeat of early elimination from the next edition of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has invited 36 players to the Home Based Eagles for early preparations.
The CHAN is for home based teams in Africa. In the first edition Nigeria was eliminated by Ghana in the second round. The final was played in Cote d’Ivoire and won by Congo DR.
According to the Assistant Chief Media Officer of NFF, Alhaji Abdubaki Ibrahim, the early call to camp is for early preparation pending when CAF will release the timetable for qualifiers for the 2011 championship.
He also said that five of the players that made up the list are from those that participated in the beach soccer held in Durban of South Africa.
The five of them are, Abdulah Isa of Akwa Utd, Okemmiri Ogbonna of Kwara Utd, Uga Okpara of Enyimba International, Isaka Olawale of Lobi Stars and Garba Baba Yahaya of Nassarawa Utd.
Two members of the Olympic team, Chibuzor Okonkwo of Bayelsa Utd and Ambrose Efe of Kaduna Utd were also invited.
Others are Bassey Akpan of Bayelsa Utd, John Gaady of Lobi Starts, Ndubuisi Okeke of Babanawa FC, Yinka Adedeji, Nnaemeka Anyanwu of Rangers FC, Promise Cletus of OUK FC, Marsha Johnson of Akwa Utd and Tony Abawula of Ocean Boys FC.
Also in the list are; Suleiman Ismaila of Lobi Stars, Ike ThankGod of Heartland FC, Victor Michael of Enyimba Int’l, Sunday Mba of Rangers Int’l, Chidozie Johnson of Enyimba Int’l, Itodo Cletus of Akwa Utd, David Tyakase of Lobi Stars, Gambo Mohammed, Kofarmata Bello and Uche Henry all of Kano Pillars FC, Gbenga Ajala of Nassarawa Utd, Uchebo Okey of Rangers Int’l, Chima Uloma of OUK FC, Sunday Emmanuel and Nasiru Usemi of Gombe Utd, Okoro Stanley of Heartland FC, Shehu Abdullahi of Niger Tornadoes, Sunday John Okoh of Zamfara Utd, Agboyi Ovokha of NFA FC, Segun Oluwaniyi of 3SC and Dele Iwuyemi of FC Abuja.