The Super Eagles of Nigeria have booked their place at next year’s African Nations Championship in Rwanda after securing a hard fought 0-0 draw against Burkina Faso in their final qualifying match in Ouagadougou.
The Eagles qualify thanks to a 2-0 aggregate after winning the home leg by the same score line last Saturday.
Assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf and Jean-Francois Luscuito managed the team in place of head coach, Sunday Oliseh, who fell ill last week.
Nigeria’s leader of delegation, Shehu Dikko, who had charged the players in the dressing room before the match to make their domestic League colleagues and the generality of Nigerians proud, and also play their hearts out for recuperating Oliseh, expressed his excitement at the team’s gritty display was excited:
He said, “It was a tough game, but I’m happy our boys withstood everything thrown at them to qualify. The NFF is proud of the team’s display and the discipline exhibited.”
The recuperating coach was also elated, as he was one of the first people to tweet about the victorious qualification.
He wrote, “Praise God! Super Eagles qualify for CHAN 2016 on 2-0 aggregate Vs Burkina Faso.”
Nigeria now joins hosts Rwanda, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Gabon, DR Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola as countries to have qualified for the tournament.
The 2016 CHAN will take place from January 16 to February 7, 2016.
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