The CAF TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) began in Algeria on Saturday night without the Nigerian flag.
All North African affairs were discussed at the opening ceremony as hosts Algeria battled Libya.
The continental competition, which is for players participating in their national leagues, will run from January 13 to February 4, 2023.
The Super Eagles B team was denied a ticket to the party in Algeria by Ghana’s Black Galaxies in September last year.
After conceding 2-0 in the first leg of the qualifiers in Cape Coast, Ghana, the Nigerian team scored twice in the second leg in Abuja to tie 2-2, only to lose 4-5 on penalties to gift to the Ghanaians. The entrance.
It was the second loss to Ghana in 2022 as the senior team, the Super Eagles, suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Black Stars in the run up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Despite the absence of the Super Eagles B team at TotalEnergies CHAN in Algeria, former Super Eagles captain Austin Jay Jay Okocha is among the biggest names in world soccer who attended the opening ceremony yesterday in Algiers.
In addition to Okocha, other big stars invited by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are Asamoah Gyan from Ghana, Karim Haggui from Tunisia, El Hadji Diouf from Senegal and Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor.