CHAN Eagles training camp have hit Kano with skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa targeting the home-based national team to top the invitational NPFL Super 4, which kicks off today.
Some of the call-ups already at the Tahir Hotel in Kano include Sunday Falaye, Anthony Okpotu, Timothy Danladi, Nasiru Sani as well as captain Ezenwa.
The NPFL Invitational Tournament will prepare the Eagles for next month’s CHAN in Morocco.
Goalkeeper Ezenwa said they hope to win it. “We are home in Kano as this is where we trained and played our CHAN qualifier against Benin,” he said.
“As players, we want to win any competition we are involved in and we want to do same with this tournament. “Winning the competition will further boost our confidence.”
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Invitational scheduled to kick off at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano today is expected to provide the six teams competing with the chance to have one final chance at oiling their machines before the competitive season begins in January.
NPFL champions Plateau United, last season’s runners-up MFM FC, seven-time champions Enyimba and currently AITEO Cup holders Akwa United will be joined by hosts and four-time champions Kano Pillars and the Home-based Eagles billed to participate in next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) in the pre-season tournament.
Prior to the NPFL Invitational, Akwa United, Enyimba, Kano Pillars, Plateau United and MFM have been very busy with pre-season games across the country. Title holders Plateau United have had an underwhelming performance in their pre-season games so far, losing to Kano Pillars and promoted Kwara United.
Akwa United, Enyimba, Kano Pillars and MFM have racked up decent results in pre-season and their managers will look to continue in the same stead in this dress rehearsal before the season kicks off on January 14.
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