When it comes to the current Africa Cup of Nations, Ifeanyi Udeze, a former Super Eagles defender, believes the success of teams seen as “minnows” demonstrates that the continent’s game is developing. The 2017 AFCON has been so intensely contested that the “big boys” may clash in the Round of 16 for the first time.
Following the elimination of Ghana by Comoros, Nigeria might play Algeria, Senegal, or Tunisia in the second round. Udeze said that the underdogs in African football did not fear their more well-known opponents, which resulted in some of the favorites being ousted early in their respective tournaments.
According to him, the “minnows” go to Cameroun to demonstrate their ability to compete… they are the competition’s surprises. They have a lot to gain. This demonstrates how far African football has progressed.” However, if the minnows win in Algeria and Ghana, no one will be bothered.
Udeze feels that if the Super Eagles’ players remain fit, they would be able to beat any team in the competition. At this time, Nigeria is in the final 16 of the current competition and might face Algeria, Senegal, or Tunisia. These clubs are expected to finish third in their respective groups, according to predictions.
Sierra Leone held Senegal to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday night, while Equatorial Guinea defeated defending champions Algeria 1-0. Nigeria will take against the best losers from Group B, E, or F in the quarterfinals. Senegal is in Group E, whereas Tunisia is in Group F. Senegal is a member of the African Nations Championship.
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