Nigeria national team media officer, Babafemi Raji, believes his side will finish above Egypt in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group.

Nigeria were placed in a tough Group D for the 2021 AFCON alongside Guinea-Bissau, Sudan and seven-time African champions Egypt.

Their first match will be on 11 January against the Pharaohs, who will be led by Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah.

Raji is fully aware of the threat that Salah poses, however, he says that they mustn’t focus just on beating winger but on the team as a whole.

“We very much respect the Egyptian team and know the capabilities of Mohamed Salah. Our team has great potential and we know how to stop the strengths of the Pharaohs,” Raji told Mehwar TV.

“We are here to play against the entire Egyptian national team, not just against Mohamed Salah.

“It is certain that Nigeria is the first candidate to qualify from its group, and we do not care who will qualify with us, and we respect everyone,” he added.

The Super Eagles will look to improve on their 2019 finish, when they received the bronze medal after beating Tunisia in the third-place decider.


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