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AFCON: Super Eagles After The Draw

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Nigeria News takes a look at the AFCON draw and the chance of Nigeria.

The 2019 African Cup of Nation’s draw took place yesterday in Cairo. The Super Eagles of Nigeria found themselves in group B alongside Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

The group looks easy for the three-time African champions to ride to the quarter finals, the Nigerian senior national team must be careful.

Unlike group D that has Morocco, South Africa, Cote D’voir and Namibia, the Super Eagles of Nigeria has Burundi and Guinea as the major obstacles to qualifying from group B.

All the teams in group D, except Namibia, had won AFCON at one time or the other. In group A were Egypt, DR. Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The draw has Senegal, Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania in group C while Tunisia, Mali, Angola and Mauritania occupy group E. Cameroon occupies group F with Ghana, Benin Republic and Guinea Bissau.

Besides the group, tagged the group of death, group F has two former AFCON winners, Ghana and Cameroon who are the favourite to qualify from the group. Senegal and Algeria are favourite in group C but Tanzania must not be written off, going by the quality of the coach.

Tanzania is coming to AFCON after 39 years and the team would be led by former Nigeria international and Barcelona winger, Emmanuel Amuneke.

Nigeria occupies third place in Africa, according to FIFA ranking. Senegal is leading the park while Egypt is the second best in the continent. Senegal will be coming to AFCON with its star players, including Sadiq Mane of Liverpool who will undoubtedly be a thorn in the flesh of his opponents.

Mane is in form of his life in the ongoing champions league and premiership. In group D, the battle is more between Morocco and Cote D’voir. Though South Africa has a chance due to the deteriorating performance of Cote D’voir in recent time.

Namibia is the underdog in group D but could spring a surprise as there is no minnow in football anymore. Morocco was one of African countries at the last world cup. Though not very impressive at the Russia 2018, the Atlas of Morocco were not disgraced at the world cup. 

The team will be coming to the world cup with a lot of confidence. Group E has Tunisia and Mali as the strongest contenders. Tunisia, having played at the last world cup will also be coming to the game with a lot of confidence. But nobody can write off Mali. The West African country has gotten quality players in Europe that can hold their own against any opponent in the continent.

Nigeria will be waiting for any of the Burundi and Guinea to join it in group B. The three-time African champions beat Egypt a few weeks ago in a friendly match. Although Egypt did not parade its star player, Mohammed Salah, Nigeria Coach Gernot Rohr used the friendly to test some Nigerians new lads that could wreak havoc in AFCON, which begins in June in Cairo.

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