Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has disclosed he plans to open his training camp for the 2014 African Nations Championships (CHAN) in the first week of December. The competition strictly for players plying their trade on the African continent is billed for January 11- February 1 in South Africa.
Nigeria qualified for the first time for the tournament after a hard fought two-legged qualifying tie against Cote’d Ivoire.
“I am looking at the first week of December for us to open the CHAN camp” he said
“But you know it’s my employers that would have the final say. So, I am hoping that all things being equal in December we would begin so that we can at least have four weeks of intensive preparation for the CHAN.”
Nigeria are drawn against hosts South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in the first round.
The CHAN Eagles are due to start their preparations with a friendly against Jordan on October 28 in Amman.
Meanwhile Lobi Stars defender, Anthony Agbaji has backed the Eagles to do well at the tournament.
“I see the home-based Super Eagles as a side that can stand any opposition anywhere any place and any time.
“They’re good individually and as a team, the zeal and courage are there what they need is more playing time to understand themselves perfectly.
“The Jordanian side will find them a hard nut to crack if they continue on the pace we saw them against us.”