Nigeria must fight hard to win AFCON – Ex-Super Eagles star, Aghahowa

Former Nigeria international, Julius Aghahowa has warned the Super Eagles to brace up for a difficult challenge at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The three-time AFCON winners are among the 24 countries that will compete for honours at the biennial competition.

Jose Peseiro’s side are drawn in Group A with hosts Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

Aghahowa expressed hopes in a chat with NAN that Super Eagles can challenge for honours at the competition if they get their acts right.

He said; “The players are in Europe which is easier because everybody is playing the same style, but coming to Africa to play and vie for major tournaments like World Cup qualifiers or AFCON, we are not going to have it easy.

“Our players need to have it at the back of their minds that it will be difficult to match and be well prepared. Once they sort that out, the rest will be history.

“The players can do it, and I believe in them, but that commitment and resilience that the game is a must-win should be added to their mentality”.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will open their campaign at AFCON 2023 against Equatorial Guinea on January 14 at the Alhassan Quattara Stadium, Ebimpe. The team will face Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau on January 18 and January 22 respectively.