Morocco Wins CHAN 2018, Downs Super Eagles 4-0

The hosting team of the Africa Nations Championship 2018, Morocco have made history by lifting the 2018 trophy after defeating Nigeria with four unreplied goals at the finals.

The match which was played at Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca in Morocco saw a goal in the 43rd minutes when Morocco got their first goal, it was one-sided till the final whistle.

The CHAN Eagles side got depleted as Moses Eleji was issued a second yelow card and was sent off just as the second half got underway, after he committed a fowl with a hard tackle against a Moroccan player.

With three more goals in the second half, the Moroccan team celebrated their first ever CHAN championship.

Nigeria automatically won the silver medal while Sudan which won the third place match earlier played against Libya clinched bronze. The third place match ended in a penalty shoot out with Sudan winning 4-2.

Owolabi Thinks High Of The Eagles

Felix Owolabi, has decided to put faith in the final match whatever may be the outcome today at the African Nations Championship (CHAN), taking place at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco, former International, says the Super Eagles should be celebrated as heroes.

Owolabi said that, the Eagles have impressed him, adding that the boys have done what was expected of them.

“One thing that I like about the CHAN Eagles is the fact that they improved after every match. What gladdens my heart most is that they won all their games except one. In football, it is not how good you are or how well you performed, it is the scoreline that matters, and that is what everybody sees at the end of the day.

“The person who wins takes the whole shine off the his/her opponent. I am very happy for the Eagles because this is the first time most of the players will be going to a continental championship of that magnitude,” he said.

The former Shooting Stars of Ibadan winger, who commended the team for its performance, said Eagles have a 40 to 60 chance of winning the trophy.

“All what these boys have done is a matter of commitment and loyalty to their fatherland. My prayer is that they win the cup in tomorrow (today’s) final. But the hosts too have been playing very well, winning all their matches. There is every chance that it is going to be 60-40 per cent advantage to Morocco, as they are playing at home. They have spent a lot of money and what have you,” he said.

“But then I still have high hopes, and believe in these boys that anything can happen. Let us just leave the game open, as it may be a bonus and a reward for their commitment and dedication.

“I supported these boys right from the beginning of the championship and never doubted their capabilities. It does not matter whether Coach Gernot Rohr takes anyone of them to Russia, but whether we like it or not, this championship has exposed these players.

“The Moroccans are very sleeky, but let us not underrate our boys too. I believe the game is going to be decided within 90 minutes. The only thing that I want our boys to do is to watch out for counter-attacks by the Moroccans.

“This is the time for Rohr to give the boys tips based on what he has seen so far watching the Moroccans. It is time to instruct them on what to expect, and what to do to overcome the North Africans,” he stated.

President Buhari Celebrates Super Eagles For Defeating Sudan

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined millions of football-loving Nigerians in celebrating the dogged performance of the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victory over Sudan in the semi-final of the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

“Having keenly followed the team’s progress throughout the tournament with delight, the President commends their hardwork, dedication, discipline and indomitable spirit, which are truly worthy of emulation,” the statement read in part.

Their victory on Wednesday, qualified them for the final on Sunday with Morocco.

President Buhari, however, encouraged the players and the coaching crew to “remain focused and determined as they go for Gold in the final match on Sunday.”

He also assured them of the unflinching support, goodwill and prayers of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they soar to victory.

Home Eagles Defender, Okoro: We Must Be Clinical On Goal Vs Libya

Home-based Super Eagles winger cum right-back, Osaso Okoro, has admitted that the team must be clinical in front of goal to stand a chance of advancing to the next round of the ongoing 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

Okoro who is making his second tournament appearance at (CHAN) also rues the scoring chances the Home Eagles squandered during their their first Group C match against Rwanda, insisting the the team was unlucky in that game.

“Sometimes games end in that wa, but we must take our chances in the next game against Libya,” Okoro, an Enugu Rangers defender told CSN from Morocco.

“We were not lucky at all, and I hope we will be luckier in our next game.”

Okoro also told that the home-based Super Eagles’ next Group C opponent, Libya, will be very tough to beat on Friday.

“Libya will be tough, and we will be ready to face them because only a win can guarantee us a place in the next round.

“To beat them (Libya) we must be clinical. if we don’t take our chances, then we will have ourselves to blame.”

Libya kicked off defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in their first game, and a win over the the Home Eagles will seal their place in the quarter-finals.

Nigeria’s Home Eagles are joint second with Rwanda behind group leaders, Libya, who have three points from thei first game. Equatorial Guinea, without any point yet, are rock bottom in Group C.

CHAN 2018: Yusuf Confident Eagles Will Advance From Group C Despite Draw With Rwanda

Home-based Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, is still upbeat about his side’s chances of qualifying for the next round despite playing a goalless draw with Rwanda in their opening Group C game of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Monday night.

Yusuf stated during his post match interview that the result was not a setback but rather a wake up call for his side who must take their chances in subsequent games.

The Home Eagles were denied thrice by the crossbar in the first half of the draw.

“Generally, it is not a setback because we created chances and we couldn’t score but if we keep creating chances and hopefully take them, we can beat any team in this tournament,” Yusuf said.

Nigeria face Group C leaders and 2014 winners of the tournament, Libya in their next game on Friday. Libya defeated Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the ‎group’s other match on Monday.

The Home Eagles are in their third appearance at the tournament and have never reached the finals of the competition with a third place finish their best.

They crashed out of the group stages of the last edition in Rwanda in 2016.

CHAN 2018: Yusuf To Release Home Eagles List Next Week, Morocco Camp Opens January 2

Home-based Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the African Nations Championship next week ahead of the team’s departure for a training tour in Rabat, Morocco on January 2nd.

The Super Eagles who won the Nigeria Professional Football League invitational tournament in Kano on Sunday, are currently in Abuja for the second phase of their preparation for the CHAN.

Yusuf named a 30-man squad for the NPFL invitational and extended a late invitation to Nasarawa United goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso on Wednesday.

“We will be leaving for Rabat, Morocco on January 2nd for the final stage of our preparation for CHAN 2018,” a reliable camp source informed newsmen.

“Before then, the final 23-man list for the competition will be made known to the public. All things being equal, the final list will be out next week.”

The home Eagles who had a disappointing showing at the last edition of the CHAN in 2016 in Rwanda, exiting in the group stage, will face the same team (Rwanda) in their first Group C game in Tangier on January 15.

2014 champions Libya and debutants Equatorial Guinea are the other teams in the group.

The competition will run from January 13 to February 4 in Morocco.

Eagles Build Up Preparations For CHAN 2018

The Super Eagles B have moved camp to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for the next phase of preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship taking place in Morocco from 13th January 2018.

The first phase of preparations ended in Kano on Sunday with the team emerging victorious at the NPFL Invitational Super Six Tournament after outscoring CAF Champions League representatives MFM FC of Lagos 3-2 in the final. In earlier matches, they drew 0-0 with League champions Plateau United and pipped two –time African champions Enyimba FC 1-0.

Plateau United of Jos as well as other Nigerian flag-bearers n the continent, Enyimba of Aba and Akwa United of Uyo, alongside the host city’s beloved Kano Pillars took part in the tourney.

Immediately after Sunday’s win, Coach Salisu Yusuf told that preparations would move into the second phase where some of the lapses seen in the team would be corrected and some fresh players called up.

“I am very impressed with the team. We did not have any elaborate preparation before the Super Six tournament and yet these boys raised their game, improved with every match and won the trophy. I congratulate them but this is the beginning of real hard work for us.

“We will begin the next phase of preparations immediately. We want to also see some new players in certain positions and correct some mistakes we made during some of our games in Kano while strengthening and consolidating on our strong areas.”

The Eagles will be camped at the Bolton White Hotels and Apartments for what promises a more intensive phase of training before they jet out to Morocco in the first week of January.

FA Chairman Wants Nigeria to take Kenya’s Place

Following Kenya’s loss of the rights to host CHAN 2018 football tournament, Mr Musa Talle, FCT FA Chairman has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to consider hosting the games instead.

Talle made the call in a media interview, saying hosting the gamees would generate huge revenue for the Nigeria, stressing that “Nigeria can go for CHAN hosting right, which will go a long way in improving our economy. It would also improve the welfare of Nigerian youths.”

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently stripped Kenya of hosting rights after considering the report of inspection team which was not satisfied with Kenya’s ability to fix the designated four venues for the event before the championship.

Only one of the four venues is ready for the 16-nation football event slated for Jan. 12 to Feb. 4, 2018.