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Eagles ready for CHAN challenge –Ezenwa

 ..says home-based stars can break into Rohr’s squad

 

Captain of the home-based Super Eagles, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has said the players are ready for any challenge ahead of the African Nations Championship in Morocco.

Ezenwa who is also an integral part of the main senior national team, said preparation had been going on well and they were ready to take on any side at CHAN. Part of the team’s preparation included participation in the WAFU Cup of Nations tournament which took place in Cape Coast, Ghana in September 2017 (where the team finished as runners–up), participation in the Nigeria Professional Football League Super Six tournament in Kano in December 2017 (which it won) and a series of friendly matches during the last phase of camping in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“We have been playing some friendly games and I must say it has been good preparation all round,” he said.

“The camping is coming to an end and we are in good shape to continue the next face of preparation in Morocco ahead of our first match.

“Rwanda, Libya and Equatorial Guinea are very good sides when it comes to the CHAN tournament, looking at the last edition, Rwanda were very tough and they performed better than us.

“Libya are former champions so they are no newcomers to the competition and for Equatorial Guinea, they will be coming with the bunch of players that played the World Cup qualifiers for them, so to be honest, it’s going to be a very tough group for us but we are up to the task.” Speaking further, the Enyimba shot stopper revealed that they were going to take each game as it comes, while also harping on the unity in the team which has given him confidence that they are going to perform well.

Meanwhile, Ezenwa was of the belief that some members of the homebased team could break into the main team ahead of the World Cup and be part of the party to Russia.

The former FC IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper added: “I think any player that d o e s very well will have an opportunity because the Manager, Gernot Rohr, will be in Morocco with us just like he was with us in Ghana where some players who did well were invited for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia.

“I strongly believe anyone who proves himself well will definitely get a look-in, but the most important thing for us right now is to go to Morocco and do the nation proud by winning the trophy.”

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