Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says Super Eagles chief coach, Salisu Yusuf will soon announce his squad for the 2018 CHAN qualifiers, Naijafootballplus.com scooped.
A top official of the Federation disclosed that Salisu will meet with the Federation this weekend and he is expected to release his squad of 35 players for preparation.
Nigeria will face the winner between Togo and Benin Republic in the final round of qualifying series in August. Togo will host Benin Republic next weekend in Lome while the second-leg will hold in Cotonou at the end of the month.
Rohr to monitor CHAN Eagles
Naijafootballplus.com can also report that Franco-German coach Gernot Rohr will supervise the preparation of the CHAN team as Nigeria looks forward to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon on August 31st and September 4th.
“Coach Salisu will meet with the NFF Technical Committee this weekend and the list might be release latest next week. Salisu was excused due to his late mother burial and he has seen recover from the loss,” the source divulged to Naijafootballplus.com.
“The previous plans was to kick start the preparation with 44 players but the time is short and the numbers will be reduce to 35. The coach needs to prepare for the game within the short period of time, we don’t have issues with fitness as the league is ongoing and these players features every weekend.
“Coach Gernot Rohr will supervise the preparation, after the CHAN qualifiers Nigeria will battle Cameroon in a double header fixtures. The CHAN preparation will set up the momentum for the World Cup qualifiers.”
Three Nigerian cities vie to host CHAN qualifier
According to the source three states have indicated interest in hosting the CHAN qualifying game next month.
Kaduna hosted the 2014 qualifying game against Côte D’ Ivoire while Port Harcourt hosted the 2016 qualifying fixture against Burkina Faso.
The source added: “The preparation got to another level as three states have shown interest in hosting the game. Kaduna, Kano and Nnewi have indicated their interests and it’s a welcome development.
“Nothing official yet, but the team might camp in Abuja or Kaduna. Salisu program will determine the hone ground and also the logistics by the Federation.”