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Nigeria favourite to win 2021 AFCON

Nigeria are rated favourites to win the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and will play in Group D after the draws held in Yaounde, Cameroon was concluded on Tuesday.

Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles will be up against the most successful team in AFCON competitions, Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau in Group D.

The last time Nigeria played Egypt at the African Cup of Nations group stage was in 2010. The game ended 3-1 in favour of the Pharoahs with Chinedu Ogbuke scoring the lone goal for Nigeria.

The three-time African Champions finished third at the last AFCON competition which was won by Algeria.

However, the Nigerian team are viewed as massive favourites with their young squad to win the competition in Cameroon. With the firing power of Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho, midfield strength of Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo, defence agility of William Ekong, Ola Aina and Sanusi the Eagles are expected to soar.

They will be favourite with Mohamed Salah’s Egypt to make it out of Group D but will have to contend with the likes of Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Algeria in the run up to the title.

Here are the full draw:

Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde Islands.

Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi.

Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros Islands, Gabon.

Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau.

Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire.

Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia.

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