Nigeria has been drawn to meet the winner of the Benin – Togo tie for a place at the 2018 African Nations Championship to be held in Kenya. The Super Eagles, who came third in the 2014 edition of the tournament, were given a bye by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and will await the winner of the qualifying tie between the Hawks of Togo and Squirrels of Benin.
If Nigeria can win both legs on a home and away basis, it will assure a return to the CHAN event for a third straight time. Under former coach Sunday Oliseh, the Super Eagles were knocked out of the last edition in Rwanda in the group stage from a group that included Niger, Guinea and Tunisia. The two-legged qualifiers will be held between 11-20 August, 2017. The 2018 CHAN tournament will be held in Kenya from 11 January to 2 February, 2018.