Former Africa footballer of the year Victor Ikpeba has stated that Nigeria’s Super Eagles are not favourite for the fast approaching 2019 AFCON in Egypt despite been drawn in a decent group for the tournament holding in Egypt.
Ikpeba speaking in a chat with www.brila.net called on Nigerians to simply support the team and rally round them ahead of hostilities at the tournament.
He said Nigerians shouldn’t pressure the team thinking that the Eagles are favourite for the title. He mentioned host nation Egypt, Senegal, and Morocco as teams ahead of Nigeria in terms of chances but back the Eagles for a last four finish.
“We are not favourites because I know people always think Super Eagles are favourites. We are not favourites in this tournament. We gave the host nation Egypt that have hosted and won it before. So they are the favourite Morocco and other teams.
“But the Eagles have what it takes to get to the last four and if we get to the last four, it will be an achievement.”
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are back once again on the continent after missing out of the last two editions of the AFCON and are expected to scale through the group hurdle where they are drawn alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.