In 2017, the 60th anniversary of the Africa Cup of Nations will take place and Nigeria may well be the side to watch throughout the tournament. In recent years, Nigeria have struggled to assert themselves as a dominant African force but they may be on the verge of a return to the big stage.
A decade or so ago, Nigeria were arguably the driving force of African football. With the likes of Joseph Yobo, Jon Obi Mikel, Ayegbeni Yakubu and Nwankwo Kanu in the side, Nigerian boasted a star-studded line-up filled with Premier League talent. Nowadays, they struggle to select even one footballer from England’s top flight, however that doesn’t mean they’re a bad side.
Nigeria’s main troubles started after their disappointing performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They lost head coach Stephen Keshi and are currently led by interim boss Samson Siasia. The Super Eagles are struggling to inspire confidence right now but who knows, they may be able to turn their fortunes around in the next twelve months.
If truth be told, they’ve been on a downward slope for quite some time. Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 but that was their last real success. In fact, they didn’t even qualify for the 2015 edition, which tells you a lot about the current state of Nigerian football.
However, Nigeria’s prestige suggests they will bounce back and be a real force once again. In the next year or so, Bookies.com can keep you updated on the latest news regarding the tournament and other international football and punters can exploit their free bets offers and place a bet on the competition.
In their qualifying fixtures, Nigeria are unbeaten and haven’t conceded a goal. However, they have to face Group G leaders twice in the space of four days at the end of March and back-to-back defeats would be catastrophic to their hopes of qualifying for next summer’s competition in Gabon.
As we verge closer to March 25th, punters will be able to find odds and betting news regarding the Egypt double header. In the meantime, it might be wise to visit Bookies.com and compare free bets side by side in order to get the best promotional offers. In what is a must-win game for the Super Eagles, punters might prefer to use free bets rather than actual money in this particular encounter.
If Nigeria defeat Egypt, their Africa Cup of Nations destiny will be in their own hands. Anything less and they may have to rely on other results to ensure qualification for next summer’s tournament. Nigeria are struggling right now but they have the experience, talent and leadership to turn things around and, with a bit of luck, it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see them feature in Gabon.