ROAD TO RUSSIA: 5 CHAN Eagles Ready To Challenge For World Cup Spots

ROAD TO RUSSIA: 5 CHAN Eagles Ready To Challenge For World Cup Spots

The 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) has come and gone, but memories of the competition still linger in the mind of football fans in Nigeria. Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU here lists five home-based Super Eagles players who are good enough to challenge for places in the main squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia…

IKECHUKWU EZENWA
The goalkeeper, barring any unforseen circumstances, should be part of Nigeria’s 23-man squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Ezenwa demonstrated his quality with excellent displays at the African Nations Championship before injury cut short his participation in the semi-final against Sudan.
He was voted man of the match for his exemplary showing in the quater-final win against Angola. With veteran and former Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama not ready to stage a comeback and his successor Carl Ikeme facing health challenges, the coast now appears clear for the Enyimba goal tender to be between the sticks for Nigeria in Russia.

STEPHEN EZE
The centre-back impressed at the African Nations Championship and has been earmarked for a role with the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The likes of William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem are definitely ahead of him in the pecking order. Injury or loss of form by any of the quartet may hand him the chance to make the World Cup squad.

DAYO OJO
Dayo Ojo was one of the key performers for the Home Eagles in Morocco. Though breaking into the main Super Eagles squad looks like a tall order for the combative midfielder, he would fancy his chances of challenging for a place in the team.
A good passer of the ball who is also blessed with an excellent shooting ability, Ojo was named in the team of the tournament by the Confederation of African Football.

OLADELE AJIBOYE
Plateau United shot stopper Dele Ajiloye made just two appearances for Nigeria at CHAN in Morocco but put himself in the frame for a place in the World Cup with exceptional performances in those games. The duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi are ahead of him in the pecking order but he has proved he is worthy of consideration too.

KALU ORJI
The former Enugu Rangers defender who is keen on securing a move abroad also had a good competition in Morocco. Though a centre-back, Orji can also fill the right-back position. His versatility could put him in the frame for the World Cup even though that appears to be a tall order.

 

 

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 8
  • Aleks 6 months ago

    I’m not sure why Ikouwem Udoh is not in your list. Apart from Stephen Eze, the young left back was Nigeria’s standout performer during the CHAN tournament. And considering that the left fullback position is currently Super Eagles weakness link in the defence, Ikouwem stands a very good chance of breaking into the World Cup bound Super Eagles, better chance than any of the other players listed here aside the goalkeepers.

    • Ogbuh also should be the first name here, faleye also did very well at the competition. Like faleye like Sunday mba. That guy has killer instinct.

    • ikouwem is by far the most outstanding player I noticed among the defenders. His hallmark is his ability to handle the ball with ease unlike echiejile who panics when sandwiched.he is the hope for a settled left full back for super eagles.writer please watch with your two eyes when analyzing.

  • Mr amosu at times i wonder if you really know anything about soccer. Which type of sports journalist are u.so if u where super eagles coach u will pick that lazy boys for mundial.nonsense

  • ALFREDINHO 6 months ago

    I don’t think these players deserve a World Cup slot at the moment except for Ezenwa and Ajiboye . They lack the experience for a big stage like the World Cup. At least the experience duo of Ekong and Balogun will be a cover up for the CHAN keepers . From what I saw in Morocco taking them to Russia will be detrimental .They should be fused in gradually by playing alongside their foreign counterparts to gather more experience and exposure . Gernot Rohr knows what he is doings .Thumbs Up for him .

  • ojo samuel 6 months ago

    well…i don’t like the way the sports journalist is being handled though (at least for him not to get discouraged) but truly i think only ezenwa and ajiboye deserves to be in russia… if at all anything happen udoh is a good left back too but idowu is doing fine at the moment and aina can be back up to him…all others are flop… ojo is nt creative, eze makes costly errors sometimes. orji shouldn’t even be considered at all even faleye would have been manageable.

  • NNAEMEKA NWOSU 6 months ago

    home eagles, HIDE YOUR FACE! HIDE YOUR FACE!

  • Is Only Ezenwa that deserve a world cup slot. The rest of the homebase players are still learning.