Augustine Eguavoen, the manager of the Nigerian national team, remarked about the struggle they will encounter when playing Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be held in five cities across Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been placed in Group D with Guinea-Bissau, Sudan, and African champions Egypt, whom they will meet in the tournament opener on January 11th.

The three time AFCON champions enter the tournament with a star-studded lineup that includes Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho, among others.

The 56-year-old has complete faith in his players and staff, but concedes that defeating the Pharaohs will require a lot of effort.

“I played against Egypt as a player and as a coach. Facing them in the Africa Cup of Nations will not be an easy task.

“We will do everything possible to analyse the Egyptian national team, individually and collectively, in order to draw up our plans.

“We also expect Egypt to do so because Nigeria is a big name in African football.

“We are currently studying the Egyptian national team, and we will continue to do so until we are prepared to face them.” Cerezo told NFF TV

Austin Eguavoen only played Egypt once as a player, and that was in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations group stage, which finished in a goalless affair.

After defeating Zambia in the final, the Super Eagles went on to win the trophy, making it their second of three AFCON titles.