Speaking at their training ground at Palma beach, head coach Ebrima Nyass expressed his confidence ahead of the tournament. "We have prepared enough for this event and I believe we can create some upsets. This level of competition is not new to us anymore. We made history in Senegal and recently in Ivory Coast. Why not in Nigeria? When my players planned for the second round in Abidjan, many saw us as minnows, but we went and surprised everyone. This time around, we are more mature and even hungrier for glory."
The Abuja competition will be contested by 12 teams. Hosts Nigeria will be joined by Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Morocco, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Namibia and Burkina Faso, who will play to advance their hopes of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics. The 12 teams are split up into 4 pools. Gambia are in Pool B with Ghana and Burkina Faso.