Nigeria's side to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is aware that there is no pushover team in the continent anymore.
That is why Super Eagles’ goalkeeper trainer, Alloy Agu, has said the team have been prepared in training camps and are ready to fight battles of their lives against Burundi, Madagascar and Guinea to advance from the Group B of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Agu who lost one of his teeth while manning the posts for the Super Eagles during his playing days disagrees with the belief in some quarters that Nigeria is in a ‘soft group.’
“Football has gone beyond that now,” Agu counters.
“If you look around the whole world and see what’s going on in football, you will realise its all about 11 players on each side.
“Result goes to the side that wants it more by working harder.
“Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar did not just join a flight to Egypt for the AFCON. They worked hard for it and advanced through the qualifiers where they defeated other teams from other countries.
“That shows they are very formidable teams. On our side, we are formidable too, and we will go out there, knowing all our group opponents are strong, ensure we keep to our objectives and what Nigerians expect from us, fight hard to get good results against them.
“Truth is that our Group B opponents are not pushovers and and there are no more minnows in football, not even in Africa”.
Gernot Rohr’s men will clash with AFCON debutants, the Swallows of Burundi, in their first group match on Saturday, June 22, before confronting the Syli Nationale of Guinea on June 26. They will face another AFCON newcomers, the Barea of Madagascar, in their last group game on June 30.
Having won three Africa Cup of Nations titles; 1980 (in Lagos), 1994 (in Tunisia) and 2013 (in South Africa), Agu emphasises it won’t be impossible for the Super Eagles to lift the trophy a fourth time, this time in Egypt.