The Super Eagles of Nigeria who will be playing in Group B is arguably one of the former champions to play in a group with no former champion.
In Group A, two former champions Egypt (host) and DR Congo will fight for the top position. Alongside Uganda and Zimbabwe. While Group C will have just one former champion Algeria, battling with in-form Senegal. Also with them in Group C are Kenya and Tanzania.
In Group D which is arguably”Group of Death”,three former champions Morocco, South Africa and Ivory Coast will go to war. While Namibia who is yet to taste AFCON glory will be looking up to cause an upset.
In Group E and F respectively Tunisia who is the only former champion will face Mali, Mauritania and Angola. While Cameroon and Ghana who are also two former champions will battle alongside Benin and Guninea-Bissau
The Nigerian national side missed out on two consecutive previous editions. But will now slug it out in a group with two debutants (Madagascar and Burundi) and Guinea in Group B. Although it is believed that there are no minnows in African football. Much will be expected from the Super Eagles in that group with no excuses.
Any result short of finishing top in Group B, will be considered as poor finish for a team that qualified convincingly in the qualifiers. In fact, it is important to note that Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo finished top scorer during the AFCON qualifier.
More so, the fact that Nigeria missed out on two occasions means the team must try to placate her fans by putting up a good performance during the showpiece.
Super Eagles will be playing in Alexandria, the second-largest city and a Mediterranean port city in Egypt.