#CHAN2018Final: 5 players to watch
By Emmanuel Okogba
With the curtains falling on the CHAN 2018 tournament holding in Morocco on Sunday, Vanguard takes a look at five players to watch out for in the final.
Silently doing his thing, the Lobi Stars man has played a major role in getting the Super Eagles to the final, scoring two goals in the process. The Moroccans should write him off at their own peril.
He made up for a horrific miss by scoring the winner against Angola in the quarter final and proved it was no fluke when he scored the only goal against Sudan in the Semi-final. Okechukwu will most likely get the nod again in the final as Sunday Faleye is still out injured.
Ayoub El Kaabi
If the Super Eagles really want to end the wait for a CHAN title then the man to mark-out is Ayoub El Kaabi. With a record 8 goals, Ayoub El Kaabi will definitely start on Sunday with an intention to increase his tally. El Kaabi as it stands is making a huge statement to Herve Renard ahead of squad selection for the 2018 World Cup.
He came on as a replacement for injured Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the semi-final and showed why coaches always want him in their team. His saves kept Nigeria in the match against Sudan and an equally superb showing in the final will give the Moroccans a good run for their money.
The 12th man
When it comes to support, North African teams enjoy a sufficient quantity and Sunday’s final will not be different. Expect fireworks from fans in Casablanca who will want to give their all to make sure their team wins and keep the trophy back in Morocco. So the Nigerian team has their work cut out for them and must give their all knowing that they are playing against ‘12’ men.
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