Keshi names Chan squad

Nigeria coach Keshi names 23-man Chan squad African Nations Championship

Posted: 1 January 2014 Time: 07:09 pm

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has picked his final squad for the African Nations Championship (Chan) and expectedly Chigozie Agbim and Azubuike Egwuekwe lead the pack.

Solomon Kwambe and Benjamin Francis are the other regulars in Keshi's 23-man squad that also includes Golden Eaglets goalkeeper Dele Alampasu, whose junior international colleague Taiwo Awoniyi failed to make the cut.

While Christian Pygbara and Abdullahi Shehu, who were part of the Flying Eagles team that featured in the Fifa U-20 World Cup, were also listed.

Nigeria have been listed alongside South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in Group A of the competition which will run between the 11th of January to the 1st of February.

The full squad is made up of three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and six forwards.


Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC); Dele Alampasu (Abuja Football College)

Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars); Francis Benjamin (Heartland FC); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars); Ikechukwu Gabriel (Bayelsa United); Umar Zango (Kano Pillars); Bright Esieme (Enyimba FC); Erhun Obanor (Insurance FC)

Ugonna Uzochukwu (Enugu Rangers); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC); Ikenna Hilary (Sunshine Stars); Abdullahi Shehu (Kano Pillars); Joshua Obaje (Warri Wolves)

Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers); Gbolahan Salami (Shooting Stars); Barnabas Imenger (Lobi Stars); Aliyu Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Christian Obiozor (Enugu Rangers); Ifeanyi Ede (Enyimba FC)

Article by: Uche George Egbe

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posted: 07:15pm 01/01/2014
Good job coach...looking forward to an outstanding outing !
posted: 07:22pm 01/01/2014
Gbolahan Salami's inclusion to replace the injured Gambo Muhammed is a welcome development. For me, Alampasu, if not for sentiment that he is young and being a new player, I should prefer him in goal to Agbim because of his height. I am sure Alampasu will be parrying away those aerial balls that beat Chinedu Agbim with ease. The proposed friendly match against Ethiopia will serve as a true test for the team, wishing the team best of luck.
posted: 07:32pm 01/01/2014
Watchout for Barnabas imenger,....very pacy and has a powerful shooting ability
posted: 07:44pm 01/01/2014



He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men...

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

One of your major determinations this year should be to achieve all that God has set in your heart to achieve, leaving nothing out. He has set eternity in your heart, meaning that there's no limit to the extent of your faith; that is, how far your faith can go and how much you can accomplish.

The Lord said to Abraham in Genesis 13:14-15 \"...Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.\"

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You have an extraordinary capacity to contemplate, think, envision and see endless possibilities. There're things you might have desired and prayed about; take a hold of them with your spirit and they'll be yours!


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F U R T H E R S T U D Y:

Joel 2:28

1 Corinthians 2:11


Matthew 1

Genesis 1-2


Acts 5:33-42

Nehemiah 3
Triple E
posted: 08:34pm 01/01/2014
Pls wat r d criteria 4 a player 2 eligible 2 play in CHAN? Must he base in his own country or any country in Africa? I asked cos of Nigerian players plying their trades in other leagues of Africa.
Triple E
posted: 08:43pm 01/01/2014
Pls wat r d criteria 4 a player 2 eligible 2 play in CHAN? Must he base in his own country or any country in Africa? I asked cos of Nigerian players plying their trades in other leagues of Africa.
posted: 08:46pm 01/01/2014
so much talent in Nigeria ...this squad can even win Afcon nd i mean it .. i hv seen most of those guyz play, nd they are real talents
posted: 09:15pm 01/01/2014
This squad looks weak most of them are same players that have been at local league for the past 7 years and havent made it to europe, to be honest I would had rather the whole u 17 team that won wc played this tornament. As for keshi I see no reason why his coaching this team to chan when he should be scouting for world class players in a world cup year, amokachi should had taken over this tornament. Except any of this players show something new or special if we are selecting our current best 23 none of them should make it, however it seems like someone might try to market certain players at world cup, so we might see many from here going to wc, afterall keshi dosent get paid on time, igbo man must wack sha
posted: 09:38pm 01/01/2014
@kone, Please can you keep your advise to your generation with no ambition, Local super Eagles and World U17 Champs belong to Nigeria. Keshi is our Coach and we are fine with it. You are very foolish because we don't scout players like Ghana and Cameron, In NIJA we made and manufacture players... Go and huge transformer you Idiot ....
posted: 09:54pm 01/01/2014
Mr above happy new year bruh, we should learn to have a civilised discussion if you disagree with me say so and why not by personal insult. All im saying is that looking at this squad listed for chan if a
honest nigerian want to select its best 23 on current form I see none of them making it absolutely none except we want to market players at wc
posted: 10:11pm 01/01/2014
Congrats to Dele Alampasu the yoruba Togolese who became a Nigerian. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayo a yoruba Nigerian became a Togolese to play for Togo instead.
GoodLuck Jonathan
posted: 10:17pm 01/01/2014
I believe this squad is good enough 4 Chan...
posted: 10:21pm 01/01/2014
yes th big boss, u got it absolut*ly right,, ur th only naija coach that i love since when i start supporting eagles,...
@kone i no know sey u hate naija till today, why kant u just support eagle and pray 4them to succed instead up all ths? Or ur ghanian a
posted: 10:24pm 01/01/2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! This will be a year of overflowing prosperity in our personal endeavours, national issues and all football matches.

Weldon coach Keshi and success to the home based professional. Chan here we come!!!
posted: 10:26pm 01/01/2014
Love Above reply to Kone comments, lol... spot on.
posted: 10:35pm 01/01/2014
Dele Alampasu's inclusion is very encouraging, if not for his age truly I'll prefer him to Chigozie Agbim. The coaching staff see him as a potential that's why he's going to the CHAN.

Kwambe, Francis and Egwueke has got a lot of experience playing at full international level. Therefore, this should be a very good test of how good they really are. However, Odunlami and Bright Esieme according to multiple reports have been touted as real talents, but we'll see.

Rabiu Ali's been on everyone lips in training camp as a potential star at the CHAN, taking over the playmakers role in the team. Meanwhile Shehu Abdulahi could be the surprise revelation at the tournament. I'm only surprise that he's been converted to a midfielder since he played at right back for John Obuh at the FIFA U20 WorldCup. Although he got sent off in the knockout stage vs Uruguay, but he was one of the best player in that team.

Ejike Uzoenyi was expected to be the new Amuneke when he played a fantastic game against Rwanda in Kigali, but since then he's failed to live up to expectation. This could be his last chance to impress Keshi. Gbolahan Salami and Barnabas Imenger may be the real stars to watch out for.

Above all, this represents our best home based team at the moment.

@Triple E it's only for players playing in their country's local domestic league. If U play in another African league U're considered foreign based which I still don't get Africa is Africa.
posted: 10:43pm 01/01/2014
Goodluck Coach! Wish you all the best!!
It's really very unfortunate the way MOST people in this forum expose their ignorance. I can bet, most of these people do not even know the size of a football, the measurement(s) of a football pitch, the rules of football, let alone the technical aspect of the game. A certified coach, with the help of his assistants/scouts invites players to camp, spends quality time evaluating such players - in terms of fitness, technical ability, psychological frame of mind, etc - and thereafter, selects from amongst them his 'best' for a tournament, and people are here making unsolicited 'noise'. To such people, just wait until you become the 'coach' of you street/village football 'team', then you will begin to appreciate what PROFESSIONAL coaches pass through in achieving success. God bless Nigeria!
posted: 11:01pm 01/01/2014
@ Triple E - A player must be 'currently' playing in his country of origin's football league to be eligible to participate in the CHAN tournament. A player is ineligible if he plays professionally away from his country of origin - it doesn't matter which part of the world.
posted: 11:03pm 01/01/2014
Am happy for gbolahon Salami, on his day playing as a no9 or cutting in from the left hand side,he is as good as anyone.In my opinion,given equal chance,Gbolahon salami will displace Ideye from the main team,he just needs to marry the bags of potential he's got with hard work.
Another player am looking out for is the Rangers guy ugonna Uzochukwu, he plays like Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey,technically gifted, a tough guy in the middle of the pack and scores the odd goal when the team is stranded. I remember the last minute winner he scored against Sfaxien last season in Enugu and managed to get sent off straight away.Keshi should manage the ugly side of his game as he tends to tackle wildly like a lunatic.
Lastly,Ifeanyi Ede and Christian obiozor combo must not start any game if we are interested in winning,as they both play the same style. Its a tad like Kanu/Denis Begkamp combo which Arsene wenger could never get to work. Good luck lads.
posted: 11:06pm 01/01/2014
@Patriotic007: is barnabas imienger the relative of the former star barnabas imenger?
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