Yusuf picks Ezenwa, Odey, Ayagwa for clash with Squir­rels

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM - By David Ngobua

Home-Based Eagles coach, Sal­isu Yusuf yes­ter­day re­leased the names of play­ers who have made the team that will face the Squir­rels of Benin Re­pub­lic on Sun­day in the first leg of the CHAN 2018 qual­i­fy­ing match in Co­tonu.

He set­tled for the usual sus­pects as he picked cap­tain of the team, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Orji Kalu, Osas Okoro, Raphael Ayagwa ,Al­has­san Ibrahim , Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Stephen Odey Ifeanyi Ge­orge, and 12 other play­ers.

The re­main­ing twelve play­ers are goal­keep­ers Dele Aji­boye and Theophilus Afelokhai, Chima Akas, Rabiu Ali, Thomas Zenke, Ari­wachukwu Em­manuel, Stephen Eze, Nasiru Sani, Hafiz Aremu, Sa­muel Mathias, Sikiru Olatu­bo­sun and Kings­ley Eduwo com­plete the list

An bar­ring last min­utes changes the team will fly from Kano to La­gos to­day from where they would com­plete the short jour­ney to Cotonou by road.

Mean­while, coach Yusuf told Daily Trust yes­ter­day that the play­ers who made the fi­nal list had shown enough ca­pac­ity to do the job against the squir­rels of Benin Re­pub­lic.

He said those who did not make the team this time still have a chance to make the squad in the re­turn leg as he said he would con­tinue to tin­ker with the team un­til he ar­rives at a for­mi­da­ble squad.

“We are set to hit Co­tonu for the match against Squir­rels. I have al­ready re­leased the list of play­ers we shall be tak­ing to Benin Re­pub­lic.

“They showed out­stand­ing abil­i­ties and I am con­fi­dent they will not dis­ap­point on Sun­day,” he said.

The re­turn leg will hold at the Sani Abacha Sta­dium, Kano on Satur­day, 19th Au­gust. The win­ner of the dou­ble header will qual­ify for the fifth edi­tion of the Africa Na­tions Cham­pi­onship billed for Kenya in 2018.

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