Coach Salisu Yusuf has named as many as six players from the past CHANs on his matchday squad against Benin in a final playoff in Cotonou on Sunday.
Yusuf has named skipper and goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Orji Kalu, Chima Akas, Stephen Eze and Osas Okoro, who all played at last year’s CHAN, as well as Kano Pillars star Rabiu Ali, who featured at CHAN 2014.
Despite a troubled season, champions Enugu Rangers have three players on the squad with title chasers Akwa United supplying four.
The squad will fly from Kano to Lagos on Friday and then make the short trip to Cotonou by road same day.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have appointed Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal to take charge of proceedings at the Stade de l’Amitie on Sunday, starting from 4pm.
He will be assisted by compatriots Mokrane Gourari (Assistant Referee 1), Mohammed Serradj (Assistant Referee 2) and Said Aquina (Reserve Referee).
The return leg will be played at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Saturday, 19th August, with the winners qualifying for the 5th African Nations Championship scheduled for Kenya early next year.
THE FULL SQUAD:
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah), Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)
Defenders: Orji Kalu (Enugu Rangers), Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah), Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United), Chima Akas (Enyimba FC), Nasiru Sani (Katsina United), Osas Okoro (Enugu Rangers)
Midfielders: Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United), Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars), Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United), Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors), Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United)
Forwards: Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC), Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United), Stephen Odey (MFM FC), Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars), Ifeanyi George (Enugu Rangers)