Egueavoen : Nigeria Has The Potentials Of Winning 4th AFCON Title

A former Super Eagles international Austin Egueavoen has opened up on his intentions for the Nigeria’s national team ahead of the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast reports.

Nigeria will be participating in the 2023 AFCON tournament, with hopes of reaching the semi-final, or even lifting the trophy, after failing at the 2019 edition in Cameroon.

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And Egueavoen, who was part of the squad that won Nigeria’s second title, is upbeat that the national team have the capacity, quality and potentials of winning the title a decade of winning it’s third.

In the recent AFCON draw in Abidjan, Nigeria was seeded in the same Group A as the host nation Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau; with the Eagles playing its first game against Equatorial Guinea on 14 January 2014.

Speaking in an interview with Brila, Egueavoen cried over the inability of the Super Eagles to win the AFCON in a decade. According to the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, Technical Director, the Super Eagles has the needed quality to contest and become African champions.

Austin Egueavoen speaks high of Super Eagles ahead of 2023 AFCON

Nigeria fails to win AFCON 2027 bid, Austin Egueavoen eyes fourth AFCON title.
Ola Aina, Alex Iwobi and Joe Aribo during Super Eagles training session

“We have been craving to try to get the Nations Cup back, since 2013 we’ve not been able to achieve that feat because we know we have the capacity, we have the quality and everything to be able to win it,” Egueavoen said.

The former Super Eagles Captain admonished fans and well wishers to support the national team coaching crew and its players.

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“But to say it is easy to achieve it is another thing so everybody has to work towards the same goal, support the team whichever way we can, support the coaches and the players have to go out there and do the job,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles race for the 2026 FIFA World Cup ticket will begin on 13 November, 2023, against Lesotho. The fixture will happen at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo; after which the team will fly to Kigali to exchange tackles with Zimbabwe.

In a related story, the Super Eagles has the most valued international squad in Africa, according to a report by Livescore.

The Nigeria’s national team at the moment comprises of high valued footballers like Napoli’s Victor Osimhen (who’s valued at €120million by transfer-market), Alex Iwobi of Fulham (valued at €28million same by transfer-market), AC Milan’s Samuel Chukwueze (currently valued at €25million). Also other high valued and profiled players like OGC Nice forward Terem Moffi, Bayer 04 Leverkusen’ Victor Boniface are all part of the Super Eagles.

Samuel Chukwueze reveal his transfer discussion with Osimhen
Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze

According to the Livescore publication, the Super Eagles is valued at €364million, and are sitting top of the chart. The Atlas Lions of Morocco are second on the chart with an estimated value of €297million. The 2022 world cup semifinalist have the likes of Sofyan Amrabat(Manchester United) Achraf Hakim(PSG) and Yassine Bouno in their setup.

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Occupying the third, fourth and fifth positions are the Elephants of Ivory Coast, Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Black Stars of Ghana, with estimated values of €285Million, €261 million and €216million respectively.

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