The home-based Super Eagles are to land in Cape Coast on Friday ahead of the 7th Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against the Black Stars of Ghana encounter on Sunday.
The CHAN Eagles led by coach Salisu Yusuf are keen on revenging for the senior national team after Jose Peseiro’s side failed to qualify for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar following a goalless draw in Kumasi and a 1-1 scored draw in Abuja some months ago.
Former Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers manager has invited 35 players from the various Nigeria Professional Football League clubs with Chijioke Akuneto who won the Golden Boot after helping Rivers United clinch their first-ever NPFL title.
Head coach Yusuf and his assistants have dropped 13 players after working with them in the past few weeks after they engaged in a series of friendly matches in Abuja ahead of the encounter.
The Zaria-born tactician picked his final 22 players for the trip to Cape Coast Stadium for the first leg against the Black Galaxies on Sunday with the return encounter already scheduled for the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 3rd September.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have named Beninoise referee Issa Mouhamed to take charge of the encounter and his compatriots Eric Ulrich Ayimavo, Koudogbo Kougbemede and Tanisla Ahomlanto will be the assistant referees on the matchday.
Prince Kai Saquee from Sierra Leone will be the match commissioner while Sanusie Rashid, another Sierra Leonean, will be the referee assessor.
The game will kick off at 4 pm Ghana time (5 pm Nigeria time) and the winner in both legs will qualify for the 7th African Nations Championship finals to be staged in Algeria early next year.
Nigeria is yet to lift the trophy after winning bronze at the third edition of the competition held in South Africa in 2014 and then emerged runners-up in the fifth edition hosted by Morocco in 2018.