Originally the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations delayed as a result of COVID-19, the 2022 AFCON kicked off on the 9th of January in Cameroon with the host nation taking on Burkina Faso in a football game.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles is one of 24 teams participating in the tournament. Comprising star players such as Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, Kelechi Iheanocho, Taiwo Awoniyi, the stakes are high that the golden team will bring their fourth AFCON trophy home. The team’s opening game against Egypt is slated for 17:00 pm (WAT) on the 11th of January.
Nigeria has had an interesting history at the AFCON tournaments. They have been banned once, withdrawn four times, and didn’t qualify as recently as 2012, 2015, and 2017. However each time they have qualified, the Super Eagles have outpaced most of their African counterparts. Nigeria hosted the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations and also won their first AFCON trophy that year. The Super Eagles won the tournament again in 1994 and then in 2013.
They represent a formidable team with the potential to win what might become Nigeria’s fourth Africa Cup of Nations trophy.