Oghenekaro Etebo tips the Super Eagles of Nigeria to win AFCON.
The Watford midfielder will not compete as he is still injured. The African Cup of Nations is almost upon us as nations continue to fine-tune their strategies ahead of the competition.
Africa will assemble in Cameroon in three weeks to fight for the most prestigious trophy on the continent. The four-week tournament will shear European clubs some of their African talents. It should make for a spectacle, but the big question remains, who is the favourite to land the title?
One player believes the trophy is returning to Abuja. Although unlikely to be at the tournament, Watford star Oghenekaro Etebo believes Nigeria have what it takes to soar higher than other teams and win the competition.
Etebo tips Super Eagles to win AFCON
When the African Cup of Nations kicks off, 24 of Africa’s best will be lining up to challenge for the biggest trophy on the continent. The skirmishes will begin on January 9 and run for four weeks to end on February 6.
No matter the ranking of the participating teams on the continent, Watford midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo believes that winning the Africa Cup of Nations will not be a walk in the park.
As arduous as Etebo thinks it will be to win the title, he has confidence in the Super Eagles and made a bold prediction concerning the team. Etebo says that the Super Eagles will be too hot to handle in Cameroon, and come February 6, they will win the tournament.
The favourites to win AFCON
A few countries stand head and shoulder above the rest in Africa, and all eyes will be on them as they challenge to win AFCON.
Senegal is the highest-ranked African country with plenty of stars within its ranks. The West African nation will hope that Sadio Mane can bring his Liverpool experience to bear in their quest for the title next month. Several people believe they’re in good stead to win their first AFCON.
Another country not to be ignored in the race for AFCON is defending champions Algeria. The Desert Foxes remain a threat to other nations and possibly are the bookies favourite to win.
After seven titles, Egypt will look to win it a seventh time armed with a weapon like Mo Salah. It’s hard to bet against the Pharaohs winning the title. Hosts Cameroon will also fancy their chances of winning the tournament. The five-time winners will hope home advantage favour them as they challenge for the title.
With all the rankings and ratings, Etebo has decided to stick his neck out for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. In a recent interview with Hive, Etebo said it was an arduous task but not undoable.
Etebo has seen his career criss-cross several clubs across Europe since he left Warri Wolves in 2015. The 26-year-old midfielder has played for Feirense (Portugal), Las Palmas and Getafe (Spain), Stoke City (England) and Turkey’s Galatasaray. He currently plays for Watford FC in England.
This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago