The Super Eagles of Nigeria can fly into Egypt in bullish spirits after getting a relatively easy AFCON draws.
The Nigerian team which was seeded after a reshuffling of the earlier published pots was grouped alongside West Africans, Guinea, Madagascar and East Africans, Burundi in group B.
While the Super Eagles have won the Nations Cup three times, in 1980 on home soil, 1994 in Tunisia and 2013 in South Africa, it is going to the AFCON as one of the pre-tournament favourites after an impressive qualifying phase.
It is left to the team to prove its mettle as one of Africa’s finest going into the tournament, bearing in mind that there are no minnows in African football again.
The Nations Cup also has a former Nigerian international, Emmanuel Amuneke set to handle the Tanzanian national team. He is the only Nigerian coach at the tournament and the first Nigerian in six years to manage a team at the Nations Cup.
Amuneke, a former Barcelona winger and member of the victorious ’94 class of the Super Eagles will hope some miracle come his way as the East Africans get one of the tournament’s toughest draws.