#AFCON2017: Nigeria To Play Egypt In Qualifiers

The  2017 African Cup Of Nations, AFCON 2017, group qualifiers have been drawn  and Nigeria is set to play seven time winners Egypt in Group G.

Super Eagles as winners in 2013

Gabon has been confirmed as the host country for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Libya had been initially selected to stage the competition, but its hosting rights were withdrawn in August last year due to the unstable security situation in the country.

2015 winners Ivory Coast will play Sudan in Group I. The draws were made in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday. Nigeria failed to qualify for AFCON 2015 but won the previous edition in 2013.

The groups in full:

Group A: Liberia, Djibouti, Tunisia, Togo

Group B: CAR,  Madagascar, DRC, Angola

Group C: Benin, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan

Group D: Botswana, , Burkina Faso, Uganda, Comoros Island , Comoros

Group E: Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, Zambia

Group F: Sao Tome, Cape Verde, Morocco, Libya

Group G: Tanzania , Chad, Nigeria, Egypt

Group H: Rwanda, Mauritius, Mozambique, Ghana

Group I: Sierra Leone , Ivory Coast, Sudan, Gabon

Group J : Seychelles, Lesotho, Algeria, Ethiopia

Group K: Burundi, Namibia, Senegal, Namibia

Group L: Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi

Group M: Gambia, Mauritania, Cameroon, South Africa

Nigeria’s first match will be against Chad in Nigeria on 12th of June 2015.

Nigerians on social media have also reacted to Nigeria’s chances of qualitication. The general tone shows that the populace hope Nigeria can qualify from a relatively easy group with Egypt thought to be the only NAtion with a serious threat.

If now when Super Eagles be super Eagles, who are these countries to stop us but no be now oooh, this qualifier now with prayer and fasting

    — Trendy Faith (@trendyfaith) April 8, 2015

    Have you seen the draws? If we don’t qualify this time.I will not watch super eagles for two years .nig,Egypt ,Tanzania.Chad.

    — idah pee (@IdahPeterside) April 8, 2015

    The Super Eagles should win all these games – home and away – but well, they’ll always break your heart. Sadists!

    — W_I_N_N_E_R (@Winner_UTD) April 8, 2015

    Tough group for the Super Eagles. I hope NFF will wake up now and embrace their responsibility. We need a Coach now!

    — Adepoju Tobi Samuel (@OgaNlaMedia) April 8, 2015

    The super eagles #MyTeam are not looking ready to me #AFCON2017 …I hope!!!

    — The real Elvin™ (@ItsDatElvinO_) April 8, 2015

    @emekadennar Hi guys. We should qualify, but the Super Eagles being who they are won’t let you raise your hopes high. So sad.

    — W_I_N_N_E_R (@Winner_UTD) April 8, 2015

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