Monday Jan 11, 2016. 19:22
Nigeria will be at this year’s CHAN with an unbeaten record after they defeated Cote d’Ivoire 1-0 in a final warm-up match before their departure to Rwanda.
And El Kanemi Warriors midfielder Ifeanyi Matthew underlined his class with the match winner in the 45th
minute courtesy of a neat finish.
Last year, the Nigeria ‘B’ team beat Burkina Faso 2-0, before they held their West African rivals to a goalless draw in Ouagadougou to qualify for their second CHAN.
Last week they were held to a 1-1 draw by another CHAN-bound team, Angola, before they defeated Cote d’Ivoire on Monday evening in Pretoria to fly out to Kigali on Friday without losing a game.
Exactly a week today, they will open their 2016 CHAN campaign against Niger in Kigali.
They will also battle Tunisia and Guinea in the group phase of the competition, which kicks off on Saturday.
Eagles starting XI vs Cote d’Ivoire
Ikechukwu Ezenwa - Chima Akas, Matthew Etim, Stephen Eze, Jamiu Alimi- Paul Onobi, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Ifeanyi Matthew, Osas Okoro, Ezekiel Bassey- Tunde Adeniji