The Super Eagles have learned of their opponents for the forthcoming AFCON 2021; the continental showpiece billed for Cameroon in January 2022.
The draws took place at the Yaounde Conference Centre, Cameroon with proper representation across the 24 countries expected to wrest for the most coveted football trophy in Africa.
Having been seeded in Pot 1 alongside the potential tournament’s host Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, defending champions, Algeria, Carthage Eagles of Tunisia and the Atlas Lions of Morroco during the draws for AFCON 2021 — depicting that there would be an avoidance of these African heavyweights, more so, leaving other heavyweights lurking around and seemingly inevitable, the likes which include the Pharaohs of Egypt, Ivory Coast and Black Stars of Ghana in Pot 2.
As soon as the draws were made, Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr and his charges were nothing but elated that they evaded their West African neighbours, Ivory Coast and Ghana, but an up hill task lies ahead as they would test one of the most decorated AFCON nations for the prize; the Pharaohs of Egypt with one of the fiercest and ruthless attackers in the world in their ranks.
And that is no other than Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, and of course Arsenal’s midfielder Mohamed Elneny. The Egyptians would likely have on parade the likes of Mohamed Sheriff, Mohamed El Shenawy of Al Alhy and Ramadan Sobhi of Pyramid to say the least.
Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua, will be the battle ground for the first fixture scheduled for January 11, 2022, between the 3 times African champions and the Pharophs.
This fixture for sure would unearth emotions and renaissance of the Eagle’s elimination and consequent banishment from AFCON 2017 finals by the Pharaohs of Egypt and means in essence that they would need to have so much in their tank to overcome the Egyptians.
The Super Eagles would not have just the Eyptians to contend with in the 33rd edition of the biennial African football competition pushed to Januray 9 to February 6, 2022; lying in wait is Sudan as well as Guniea Bissau.
Despite both countries looking much of easy opponents on paper, a sterner challenge would be expected as there is no minnows in African football, and writing off countries for their shallow repute and light achievements could be at such a team’s peril.
Sunday Mba’s spectacular goal in 2013 ensured that the Super Eagles were crowned champions for the third time at the expense of Burkina Faso, and came within glory again following their win over Tunisia in a third-place match in 2019, which means Gernot Rohr is very much saddled with the task of leading the Super Eagles for their haunt of the fourth title in Cameroon. We will take a look at the teams in our subsequent series.