Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has said it will be a big task to raise a formidable squad for the CHAN after several players moved overseas.
Keshi said he and his technical staff will now have to work harder to get a good team in three weeks for the competition, which kicks off on January 11.
“We need to do a lot of work on the team. Most of them have gone, we have to get the team to go to South Africa and do well in three weeks. We must be ready. It is a big problem, but we must prepare well and be ready,” Keshi said on radio.
The home-based Eagles have lost the services of the likes of Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor, Turkey), Izu Azuka (Kahranmanmaspor, Turkey), Alhaji Gero (Sweden), Gomo Onduku (Romania), Tony Okpotu (Libya), Chibuzor Okonkwo (Libya) among others.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general secretary Musa Amadu has disclosed the team for the CHAN will not break for the Christmas holidays.
The team are likely to train in South Africa for at least 10 days before their opening group game on January 11 against Mali.
Hosts South Africa and Mozambique are the other teams in Nigeria’s first round group.