Coach Salisu Yusuf will make four changes to his starting XI for today’s decisive CHAN 2018 playoff against Benin in Kano with NPFL hotshots Stephen Odey, Samuel Matthias and Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Muazzam’ all on from the first whistle.
As SCORENigeria first reported, and which led the harassment of our reporter in Kano at the Eagles camp, the team are gunning for goals so as to cancel a 1-0 loss they suffered in Cotonou on Sunday.
Odey and ‘Muazzam’ were second half subs in Benin, but they will start today running the flanks in a 4-4-2 formation.
Thomas Zenke and Sikiri Olatunbosun have been dropped from the first leg.
El Kanemi Warriors midfielder Samuel Matthias has been preferred to defensive midfielder Afeez Aremu, who caused the penalty from which Benin got their match winner.
Akwa United defender Emmanuel Ariwachukwu is another change from the first leg, he comes in for the suspended Orji Kalu.
Lobi Stars striker Kingsley Eduwo leads the strike force to be supported by local hero Rabiu Ali of Kano Pillars.
CHAN EAGLES Start list vs Benin (4-4-2): Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Skipper) – Chima Akas, Osas Okoro, Stephen Eze, Emmanuel Ariwachukwu – Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Samuel Matthias, Alhassan Ibrahim ‘Muazzam’, Stephen Odey – Rabiu Ali, Kingsley Eduwo
Coach Salisu Yusuf