during the 2018 CHAN Qualifier match between Nigeria v Benin Republic on August 19, 2017 at Sani Abacha Stadium © Kabiru Abubakar/fotodezamora




The home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria have been seeded in Pot 2 and are set to know their group opponents on Friday ahead of next January’s CHAN tournament in Morocco, can report.


The Salisu Yusuf-led boys, who overcame Benin Republic 2-1 on aggregate to qualify for the championship, which will now take place in Morocco after the initial host Kenya failed to meet the requirement of the competition.


At its meeting on Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco, the Organising Committee for the Total African Nations Championship Morocco 2018 approved the procedure for the draw of the final tournament scheduled for Friday, 17 November 2017 at Sofitel Rabat.


The four Pots, consisting of the 16 qualified teams, were decided on the basis of a ranking established taking into account the performances at the past editions of the final tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.


Pot 1: Morocco (host), Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya

Pot 2: Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria, Zambia

Pot 3: Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan

Pot 4: Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Namibia


The tournament will run from 13 January to 4 February 2018 in the following cities: Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier and Agadir.


The opening match and the final will be played at the newly refurbished Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca.


Nigeria failed to go past the group stage of the 2016 edition in Rwanda after placing third in its debut appearance in South Africa 2014 under the tutelage of the late Stephen Keshi.

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