Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh will join up with the national team squad on January 2nd 366football.com can report.
Oliseh who has been instructed by his doctor to take more time off work to recuperate fully before resuming with the team will join the team in their training camp in South Africa.
In his absence, assistant coach Salisu Yusuf has been handling the team currently camping in Abuja.
“I’ve been asked to recover fully before I join the team but defintely I will be with the team well enough before their pre- tournament games start,” he told 366football.com exclusively.
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.