Nigeria name 35-man squad list for CHAN qualifiers against Ghana; two players banned by the Ghana FA included

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Head Coach of the Nigeria local national team, Salisu Yusuf has handed call-up to 35 to open camping for the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Ghana.

The list which is made up of 4 goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 11 midfielders and 10 attackers include former Inter Allies defender Isa Ali and forward Andy Okpe.

Isa Ali

The two players who are currently on the books of Nigerian side Remo Stars were amongst several players banned by Ghana Football Association (GFA) for their involvement in a match of convenience against AshantiGold in the final game of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

Andy Opke

In spite of the ban, the duo have been named in the 35-man squad who are expected to open camping in Abuja on Wednesday, August 10 for the games scheduled for Sunday, August 28 at the Cape Coast Stadium and Saturday, September 3 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

The winner of the two-legged encounter will earn a berth at the 2023 CHAN to be hosted by Algeria in January next year.

Nigeria has failed to qualify for the last edition of the competition hosted by Cameroon, while Ghana has missed out on the last three editions.


Goalkeepers: Victor Sochima (Rivers United); Adeyinka Adewale (Akwa United); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC); Nathaniel Nwosu (Flying Eagles)

Defenders: Tope Olusesi (Rangers Int’l); Kazie Enyinnaya (Rivers United); Sani Faisal (Katsina United); Samson Gbadebo (Akwa United); Ebube Duru (Rivers United); Christopher Nwaeze (Akwa United); Isa Ali (Remo Stars); Tosin Adegbite (Enyimba FC); Temple Emekayi (Rivers United); Andrew Ikefe (Plateau United).

Midfielders: Babatunde Bello (Akwa United); Philip Ozor (Enyimba FC); Maurice Chukwu (Rivers United); Hafeez Nosiru (Kwara United); Zulkifilu Mohammed (Plateau United); Chiamaka Madu (Rivers United); Jide Fatokun (Kwara United); Kenechukwu Agu (Rangers Int’l); Joseph Onoja (Rivers United); Haggai Katoh (Plateau United); Uche Onwuasonaya (Rivers United).

Forwards: Abdulazeez Yusuf (Gombe United); Sadiq Abubakar (Enyimba FC); Chidiebere Nwobodo (Rangers Int’l); Promise Amadi (Akwa United); Chijioke Akuneto (Rivers United); Valentine Odoh (Abia Warriors); Andy Okpe (Remo Stars); Adams Yakubu (Akwa United); Godspower Aniefiok (Kano Pillars); Ossy Martins (Rangers Int’l)

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