CHAN 2018: Dates, draw schedule and predictions

CHAN 2018: Dates, draw schedule and predictions

- The CHAN 2018 Tournament kicks off on Saturday, January 13 in Morocco

- Nigeria in group C alongside Rwanda, Libya and Equatorial Guinea

- Reigning champions the Democratic Republic of Congo did not qualify

The 2018 African Nations Championship won't feature the same big names regularly seen in the African Cup of Nations as the rules state that only players who play club football in their native lands are eligible.

The tournament kicks off in Morocco on Saturday, January 13 as 16 of the continent's best footballing countries prepare to battle it out for Africa's second-tier international competition.

We take a look at the competition and the Salisu Yusuf led home-based Super Eagles chances of making a good name for themselves.

CHAN 2018: Dates, draw schedule and predictions

Coach Salisu Yusuf. Photo: fifa.com

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Who are the reigning champions?

Reigning champions the Democratic Republic of Congo will not be present to defend their crown after being beaten out of the qualification campaign by rivals Congo.

When does the competition start and end?

Start Date: Saturday, January 13

End Date: Sunday, February 4

CHAN 2018: Dates, draw schedule and predictions

The Nigerian contingent for CHAN 2018. Photo: thenff.com

How can I watch the matches?

It can be seen SuperSport's online service, while audiences in the United States can watch most matches via beIN Sports Connect.

Supersport on DSTV will also be broadcasting the matches live.

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Can the Super Eagles produce a good outing in group C?

The Eagles face Rwanda on Monday, January 15 at 8.30 pm, Libya on Friday, January 19 at 5.30pm and Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday January 23 at 8pm.

Nigeria is one of the most celebrated and successful nations in African football, but the national team sometimes struggle to match such expectations.

In the last edition, the team under the leadership of Sunday Oliseh crashed out at the group stage despite Chisom Chikatara's four goals.

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa looks likely to play a big role for his side after saving a penalty in the tournament qualifier against Benin in August, while striker Anthony Okpotu also carries big hopes.

Kano Pillars man Rabiu Ali will be expected to be the creative hub in midfield as Nigeria attempt to top a Group C lineup that also includes Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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