Naijafootballplus.com can exclusively reveal Nigeria’s midfielder Rabiu Ali is not the oldest player in the ongoing 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.
As earlier reported in the Nigerian media that the Kano Pillars midfielder is the oldest player in the 2018 CHAN, Naijafootballplus.com upon arrival in Morocco for the coverage of the tournament discovered that Ali is not the oldest player in this year’s tournament.
Congo goalkeeper Barel Morial Mouko is the oldest player in the 2018 CHAN. The Flamengo goalkeeper was born on 5th of March, 1979.
However, Ali is the second oldest player in the championship. The Kano Pillars legend was born on the 27th of September, 1980.
Ali has been instrumental for the Super Eagles home based team right from the qualification phases for the CHAN tournament, the WAFU Cup in Ghana and the NPFL invitational tournament – the Super Six. He’s also the only player from the 2014 CHAN squad that won Bronze in South Africa to be named in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for this year’s competition, although he missed out from the 2016 edition in Rwanda.
CHAN EIGHT YOUNGEST PLAYERS:
Nigeria forward Nura Mohammed is the youngest player in the tournament at age 15. Nura was a survivor of Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri, he witnessed his family and friends being killed.
Nura who featured for NPFL U15 All-Star team in South Africa last year has been promoted to the first team of El-kanemi Warriors after impressive performances with the B Team of the Maiduguri based club. Nura also showed up in Kano during the Super Six tournament, the future looks great for the young lad.
Equatorial Guinea have the highest number of young players below 18 in the tournament with four players included in the team squad. The quartet of Joaquin Obama Edu (Leones Vegatarious FC), Santiago Bocari Eneme (Canon Sport), Pedro Oba Asu (FC Mongoro) and Secundino Nsi Eyama (Canon Sport) are all 17-year-olds. Interestingly, Equatorial Guinea are paired in Group C with Nigeria.
Burkina Faso named two players also below 18, Rahimo FC defender Valentin Nouma is 17-year-old while Nathanio Junior who plays for Salitas FC is the second youngest player after Nura at age 16.
Sudan forward Walaa Musa completes the list of the tournament’s youngest players. The El Hilal striker clocked 18 on January 1st, 2018.