World Cup hopefuls Chile and Nigeria have been confirmed for January's Carlsberg Cup Lunar New Year tournament. The teams, who have qualified for next year's World Cup final, debut in the SAR as organisers fulfil their promise of signing national sides headed for France. Organisers said yesterday there was a '90 per cent chance' an Eastern European team would complete the overseas lineup for the January 28 and 31 tournament. Nigeria's 'Super Eagles' became the first African nation to win the Olympic tournament after defeating hot favourites Brazil 4-3 in the semi-finals and Argentina 3-2 in the 1996 Atlanta final. The Nigerian head coach, Monday Sinclair, has promised Carlsberg spokesman Derek Currie at least eight players who played in the Olympic final will be in Hong Kong. But national players working outside Nigeria are unlikely to play. 'We don't expect players like Taribo West (Inter Milan) to be here because he has club commitments,' said Currie. 'Monday Sinclair said they would use the Carlsberg event as their second tournament in preparation for France '98. 'Six weeks ago, Nigeria finished second behind Tunisia in a tournament in Tunisia although the Nigerians used only home-grown players. 'The Nigerians will make the tournament interesting. They have the skills of the Brazilians although they can be a bit naive. 'I saw them at the last World Cup finals in America and they are capable of anything.' The Nigerian Football Association released a tentative list of 28 players, which includes DC United's defender Ben Iroha and former Everton striker Daniel Amokachi, now playing for Besiktas in Turkey. Chile thrashed Bolivia 3-0 recently to win their ticket for France, and Currie saw no reason why the Chileans would keep their top players at home. The organisers are waiting for the team list. 'We believe the Chileans will bring their older and more experienced players,' Currie said. 'There's a possibility that [Inter Milan's] Ivan Zamarano will come. 'But he has been struggling with injury and has been in and out of the Chilean national team.' 'There's also a possibility that Marcelo Salas [River Plate] who has been targeted by Manchester United will come, especially if United don't sign him.' Currie said Paraguay, the first Carlsberg Cup tournament winners in 1986, were keen to make a return. But organisers stuck to their guns and signed teams who had not played here before and who had qualified for France. Defending Carlsberg Cup champions Russia were also keen to return, even though they failed to qualify for France after their 1-0 defeat by Italy in Rome recently. 'There's still a small possibility that the Russians will return, but we are looking at teams who have qualified for France,' Currie said. 'We're looking at teams from Eastern Europe to complete the lineup. Next week, the World Cup draw will be conducted in Marseille and we don't want the same teams who have been drawn together for France to play in Hong Kong.' The Carlsberg Cup draw will be in late December or early January.