CHAN 2018: Super Eagles to face Libya, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea

CHAN 2018: Super Eagles to face Libya, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea

Nigeria's home-based Eagles have been drawn in fair first round group along with 2014 shock winners Libya, 2016 hosts Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea.

The 16-team tournament, which takes place in Morocco between January 12 and February 4, 2018, is exclusively for players based in their domestic leagues.

Nigeria had finished third at the 2014 competition, and will need to be wary of them this time around, after late Friday's Draw Ceremony in Rabat has now paired them.

The East Africans were the last country to seal a spot to the tournament, defeating Ethiopia 3-2 on aggregate in their two-legged playoff.

It is composed of Libya, the only victor of the competition this year, Nigeria, one of the favorites, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea, qualified for the first time.

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Equatorial Guinea are debutants and qualified without kicking a ball after opponents Gabon withdrew from the regional qualifying competition.

Group B, to be played at the Stade de Marrakech, will feature Ivory Coast, Zambia, Namibia and Uganda.

Equatorial Guinea are tipped to be the underdogs in the group due to their inexperience at worldwide level.

The other group is made up of 2011 runners-up Angola, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Burkina Faso.

The winning nation will win $1.25 million - up from the $750,000 DR Congo received in Kigali last time out.

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