Super Eagles began preparations for next year’s CHAN yesterday in Abuja, but without ailing coach Sunday Oliseh.
Assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf and Jean Francois Loscuito will supervise the team’s training with Oliseh calling the shots from his sick bed in Belgium.
“He will be in touch with the camp via Skype and telephone, like he did when they played the second leg of the qualifiers in Burkina Faso without him on the bench,” an official said.
Oliseh has named 26 players for this training camp with a possibility that some of the stand-out players from the U-23 AFCON in Senegal will be drafted.
The CHAN Eagles are scheduled for a training camp in South Africa later this month with Oliseh likely to join the team there.
A warm-up match against another CHAN-bound side Cote d’Ivoire has already been fixed for January 9 in Pretoria.
Nigeria, who placed third at last year’s tournament, are drawn in the same group with Niger, Tunisia and Guinea.
The competition begins on January 16 in Kigali, Rwanda with Nigeria opening their campaign two days later against Niger.