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Yisa Sofuluwe predicts tough African Nations Cup for Nigeria

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Former Super Eagles’ defender, Yisa Sofuluwe has predicted that Nigeria would find it difficult to excel at the forthcoming African Nations Cup, which kicks off on Friday in Egypt. But he added that the Super Eagles have the quality to surmount all odds to excel in the competition.

Sofuluwe told The Guardian yesterday that Nigeria’s group opponents would work hard to give the Eagles a good fight in the championship because they see Gernot Rohr’s team as one of the top contenders for the trophy. He also added that all the teams in the competition had designs on the trophy and would fight to leave Egypt with their heads held high.

The 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cup silver medallist said with the level of development of African football in recent years, the Super Eagles have to be more committed and tactically aware to win its fourth title in Egypt.

“All the teams at the championship see Nigeria as the Brazil of Africa at the senior national team level and so they will come out hard on the Eagles for victory.

“From the friendly games against Zimbabwe and Senegal, you will understand that the teams fought hard to excel against Nigeria despite the ties being warm up games.

“The Super Eagles’ defeat by Senegal should alert the team on the areas they need to work on before their opening game against Burundi. A win in that game will give them the confidence to take the other two group matches,” he said.


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