NPFL stars unhappy over CHAN no show


Kelvin Ekerete

Nigeria Professional Football League players have lamented the country’s absence at the ongoing African Nations championship in Cameroon.

The home-based Eagles lost 4-3 on aggregate to Togo during the qualifiers to bid the tournament bye.

With the final of the championship billed for Ahmadou Ahidjo on Sunday, NPFL players are beginning to think of what could have been if they had qualified for the competition.

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, says missing out on the competition was disappointing and has affected players from making overseas moves.

“It is really painful that we failed to qualify for the CHAN this year. The competition is very important for players playing in Nigeria,” Ezenwa told The PUNCH.

“Not qualifying for the competition is a slap on all NPFL players, but I hope we will be there in the next edition.

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“The likes of Anthony Okpotu, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Stephen Eze, Afeez Aremu got noticed from CHAN, so it’s sad not being there.”

Rivers United defensive stalwart, Ifeanyi Anaemena said, “It’s quite disappointing for the NPFL players to miss out of CHAN. Having played in the final of the last edition, people expected us to qualify. When we watch the ongoing edition, we feel the impact of the absence. I hope we can remedy things next time out.”

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