Nigeria head coach Augustine Eguavoen has expressed his excitement ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations journey, expressing tournament-winning intentions.
The Super Eagles kick-off their journey to a fourth African title on Tuesday, the 11th of January, when they face Egypt in the highlight of the AFCON day three.
Many expect the game to be tricky for both sides, especially as the winner of the tie will have a huge chance of finishing top of the group and avoid a difficult match-up in the round of 16.
Augustine Eguavoen, who is set to take part in his second AFCON following a Bronze medal win back in 2006, sent words of comfort to the fans while insisting they are ready to compete.
“We have been in this situation before. In Egypt 2006 we actually placed third. We are here now, nobody can say what will happen on Tuesday,” Eguavoen said in his pre-match press conference.
“I don’t hold the future, nobody holds it. I have always told the team, we are going to take it game after game. One thing I can guarantee is that the boys are ready.
“Egypt are seven-time winners of AFCON, we respect them and I believe every other country participating at the AFCON should be respected as well.
“Nigeria is no exception, we are well respected and have all the tools to pull surprises. We won’t underrate anybody. Egypt are heavyweights but I won’t come here and tell you our game. We have our own game plan, they have their own game plan. We will on Tuesday,” he concluded.
The game will mark the ninth clash between Egypt and Nigeria in the AFCON, with the Pharaohs coming on top three times, losing in three, and two ending in a draw.
Nigeria had also opened their AFCON campaign against Egypt twice before in 1963 and 2010, losing both games, 6-3 and 3-1 respectively.