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2023 AFCON: Early Preparation Will Be Key For Super Eagles –Rufai

2023 AFCON: Early Preparation Will Be Key For Super Eagles  –Rufai

Former Nigerian international, Peter Rufai has called for early preparation for the Super Eagles ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Recall that Nigeria will battle host Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea in Group A of the tournament.

The Super Eagles will commence their campaign against Equatorial Guinea on January 14, 2024 at the Stade Olympique Alassane Quattara, Abidjan.

However, in an interview with Completesports.com, the 1994 AFCON winner stated that early preparation will help the team bond and harness their plans properly before the showpiece in Ivory Coast.


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“As ar as preparation is concern, the technical department head is to get into action and plan their strategy of training and preparation.

“The team still has three months to prepare and just like other teams that will be at the tournament. And I hope everything goes in favour of the team as plan before the tournament.

“I know with hardwork from the players Nigeria will do well at the 2023 AFCON.”

The Nations Cup which features 24 teams and runs from January 13 until February 11, will see the winners and runners-up in each of the six groups, plus the best four third-placed teams, reach the knockout phase.

2023 AFCON Draw In Full:

GROUP A: Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria

GROUP B: Mozambique, Cape Verde, Ghana, Egypt

GROUP C: Gambia, Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal

GROUP D: Angola, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Algeria

GROUP E: Namibia, South Africa, Mali, Tunisia

GROUP F: Tanzania, Zambia, DR Congo, Morocco.


By Augustine Akhilomen

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  • Ako Amadi 8 months ago

    The NFF spends time scheming on how to eat the money of players and coaches, delaying early preparation of national teams. That’s why Nigeria does not win any trophies!!

  • Greenturf 8 months ago

    Leon Balogun is back in the heart of defence for Rangers in their Scottish premier league encounter against Dundee united.
    I hope his performance tonight is enough to earn him a call up for the super eagles next fixtures.Apparently,Leon is a very experienced player who’s presence alongside Bassey in the absence of Ajayi is crucial.His calmness and composure in difficult situations will help the super eagles in their quest for a 7th world cup qualification.

  • Chibuike 8 months ago

    Senior bros Peter, you suppose know say nothing concern your country with early preparation. I believe you have wetness it before!

  • Chibuike 8 months ago

    Who be bassy? Mr Ibu defender!

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