Based on paper logistics, Group B favorites are Nigeria and Guinea as they are highly placed in the recent FIFA rankings and are more experienced than both Burundi and Madagascar.
On the contrary, this might pose to be a problem as The Swallows in the War as they are nicknamed made sure that they qualified above Gabon in the Nations Cup qualifier led by Arsenal Goal Poacher Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohrr has warned his side not to try and underrate anyone in the group as the Super Eagles seek their fourth African crown, starting off their campaign with the group matches in Alexandria.
The Super Eagles, ranked third best in Africa and 45th in the world ave won the tournament three times.
They qualified as Group E winners, topping with 13 points after four victories, a draw and a loss. They finished just a point ahead of South Africa, who handed them their only loss in the qualification process.
Nigeria return to the Africa Cup of Nations after missing the last two editions and having played in last year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, are regarded as one of the favourites to lift the title in Egypt. The last time they won was in 2013 when they beat Burkina Faso 1-0 courtesy a Sunday Mba goal.
The other times they have won the title was in 1980 and 1994 when it was hosted in Tunisia.
Though he admits it will be tough, German Rohr says his side will be in Cairo to compete for the honours especially with the weight of expectations of a whole Nigerian population on their shoulders.
“I think lot of teams can dream to win this trophy. We have the experience from the World Cup but again, we have a young team. We were the youngest at the World Cup and probably we will still be the youngest at the AFCON,”
Mikel Obi, the captain of the Super Eagles further hinted that the team is confident as they have experienced players who has the ability to handle the opposition team and lead them to victory.