Despite their strong start under Augustine Eguavoen, which has put them among the favorites for the Africa Cup of Nations crown, Nigeria winger Moses Simon says the Super Eagles “still have a lot to prove.”

Nigeria is the only team in the continental final in Cameroon to have won all three of their group games.

However, Simon believes that the West African nation, which faces Tunisia in the round of 16 on Sunday, should not get comfortable after such strong performances.

“We are not the ones calling ourselves the favourites and winning three matches on the bounce doesn’t change the fact that we can improve,” Simon told BBC Sport Africa.

“Personally we know that we’ve still got a lot to prove because big teams like Algeria and Ghana have been sent home early, so that is a sign not to get carried away.

“Some people are already underestimating Tunisia but they are here to also fight for a place to be in the quarterfinal and I’d rather we play them as the underdogs than approach it like favourites.”

Augustine Eguavoen’s Nigeria won all three of their group games in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Austin Eguavoen

Simon concedes that when results are good, the Nigeria camp in Garoua, is a pleasant place to be, and that Eguavoen has given the players more freedom, which means they are eager to make an impression.

He said: “We cannot forget the foundation laid by the former coach [Gernot Rohr] because he also gave majority of the players here a chance to play for the country

“It’s always a dream come true to play for Nigeria. There’s always a huge passion and desire to do well for your country and enjoy the plaudits but we must be careful. We have not won anything yet as a team in Cameroon.”

Simon is completely focused on the Tunisia game rather than who the Super Eagles would meet in thr 2022 African World Cup play-offs.

“Of course I missed the last World Cup in Russia and I would love to play in the tournament, but we are not focusing on that because we have Tunisia to think about,” the Nantes winger said.

Coach Eguavoen has been receiving personal accolades for his amazing accomplishment thus far as the team continues to extend its wings in Cameroon.

Back in 2006, he was the first and only man to lead his country to three group stage victories, and now he’s repeated the feat.

As a player, the 56-year-old won the 1994 tournament as the “playing” captain, and he might follow in the footsteps of his friend Stephen Keshi and become only the second man in Nigerian history to win both as a player and as a coach.