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Chikatara, Okoro In 7 CHAN Eagles Good Enough For Main Squad

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has tipped seven or eight members of his squad to the African Nations Championship to graduate to the A squad following impressive individual performances, despite the collective failure. Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU, who is in Kigali covering CHAN, names his own seven Home Eagles for the main squad…

Ikechukwu Ezenwa
The Sunshine Stars goalkeeper battled stiff competition from Olufemi Thomas and Okiemute Odah to emerge as the side’s first choice goalkeeper. The former junior international proved his class in the Home Eagles’ three games in the competition.
He certainly looks good to continue his role as assistant to Carl Ikeme in the main Super Eagles side.

Kalu Orji
A versatile defender who can play either as a right-back or centre-back. The Rangers International of Enugu star who nearly missed the competition due to illness came in as a substitute in Nigeria’s first two games in the competition and showed he can be relied on in the future.
He helped stabilised the Eagles’ defence after coming on for the fumbling Jamiu Alimi in Nigeria’s first game against Niger and did the same against Tunisia.
It was a surprise that he didn’t get to start the last game against Guinea, the only game the Eagles lost in the competition.

Austin Obaroakpo
The Abia Warriors centre-back is one of Sunday Oliseh’s favourite players and looked to have further boosted his chances of keeping his place in the team with an above average showing at the African Nations Championship.

Ifeanyi Matthew
The highly-rated midfielder all things being equal will be in Nigeria’s squad for the AfricaCup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Egypt in March. The El-kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri man was one of the key performers for the home-based Super Eagles in Rwanda and he is highly regarded by the coaching crew.
The disappointing display of Paul Onobi may have also increased Matthew’s chances of earning a spot in the main Super Eagles squad.

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Chisom Chikatara
The darling of the local fans here in Kigali ‘Chakatara’, as they pronounce his name, scored four goals for the Eagles in their ill-fated campaign in Rwanda. Though Nigeria is blessed with a number of attacking talents, he has done enough to show he can compete at the highest level.

Osas Okoro
Another key performer for the Home Eagles in Rwanda. He won the man of the match honour in the Eagles’ second game against Tunisia and did enough to justify the coach’s faith in him. He has surely done enough to get a berth in the AFCON qualifiers.

Usman Muhammed
One of the most talented members of the squad. The FC Taraba midfielder is highly rated by coach of the side Sunday Oliseh. He is certain to get more opportunities to impress in future.

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