Five Reasons Why Nigeria Can Challenge For The 2022 AFCON Trophy

Five Reasons Why Nigeria Can Challenge For The 2022 AFCON Trophy

Pressure is mounting on the Super Eagles’ coach Eguavoen to win the AFCON trophy for the country nine years later after they did it in 2013. They moved closer in the previous AFCON competition where they were the second runners-up. The Super Eagles have their eyes glued at the 2021 AFCON prize. They have a host of talents that can beat any team on the continent. You can place you bet in Nigeria on the player to score the most goals for Super Eagles in the tournament. The following are the reasons why Nigeria can Challenge for the 2021AFCON Trophy:

Presence of a talented squad

The current crop of players making up the Super Eagles squad has been drawn from top leagues in Europe. Nigeria failed to qualify for this tournament twice. However, when they made it to the tournament in 2019, they made the semi-final spot. This team is determined to move further than that. Read below to get an insight into the rare show of talent at Eguavoen’s disposal:

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Show players

Super Eagles will be led up front by the talented Kelechi Iheanacho. The center-forward professional has gained enough experience to trouble defenders in the current AFCON games. The show player made headlines in 2021 when he scored 19 goals for Leicester City. The talisman made history last season being the first player to find the back of the net on each of the seven days of the week in one season in the Premier League dairies. We fancy him to set another record in this year’s tournament.

Wilfred Ndidi

Ndidi has been a utility player for the Foxes on several occasions. The central midfielder has mastered the art of protecting the defenders uniquely. Moreover, he is known for creating goal-scoring opportunities and gets to the score sheet when matters get worse. He is the player to watch if you need a hint on how Super Eagles could lineup against the Pharaohs. The midfielder has been a problem to top-class players in European competitions such as the Champions League, and the Europa League.

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Wonderkid talent

Laliga followers will attest that SamwelChukwueze will be a handful for full-backs in the AFCON tournament. The youngster (Chukwueze) made his debut at his parent club Villarreal at 19. He has since made a name for himself and the club. The tricky winger has mastered the art of going past defenders to create goal-scoring opportunities. This tournament will be his second AFCON at 22 years. We fancy him to be one of the players to make Nigeria a competitor rather than a participant.

Selection advantage

Nigeria is home to many talented footballers. The Super Eagle squad is composed of several UK-based characters. For instance, William Ekong (Watford), Alex Iwobi (Everton), Frank Onyenka (Brentford), West Brom’s Semi Ajayi, and Joe Aribo of Rangers will make Nigeria the team to beat in the 2021 AFCON. The squad could have been better if the Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Watford’s Emmanuel Denis were present. However, the depth of this squad will be enough to make it possible for Super Eagles to battle for their fourth AFCON trophy.

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