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AFCON Draw: Super Eagles Must Be Ready To Play Any Team - Garba Lawal

AFCON Draw: Super Eagles Must Be Ready To Play Any Team - Garba Lawal

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Super Eagles have been urged by former Nigeria international, Garba Lawal, to prepare to play against any team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations draw.

Nigeria qualified for the competition as the top team from the qualifications group, having missed out on the last two editions of the tournament.

They have been placed in Pot 2 alongside Morocco, Algeria, Guinea, Mali and DR Congo for the draws that is billed for Friday in Cairo, Egypt.

Reigning champion Cameroon are in Pot 1 along with seven-time champions, Egypt, with Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia making up the teams in that pot.

Nigeria will be paired with one of these teams, with two other teams from Pot 3 and Pot 4 making up the group.

Lawal, who was capped 57 times by Nigeria, has charged Gernot Rohr’s men to give huge importance to their preparations for the tournament in order to defeat any team.

“We have to be ready to face strong teams either it is Senegal or Egypt,” Lawal said when speaking to Goal.

“We must not be afraid to play any team, Egypt, for instance, may have Mohamed Salah but we also have Ahmed Musa and other good players in our team.

“The way we prepare that is how they prepare too. If you want to be the best, you have to be prepared to beat strong teams.

“If you are in a weaker group you can still be gone in the group stage. So the most important thing is to prepare well for the tournament with good friendlies.”

The last time Nigeria participated in the tournament in 2013, they won their third championship and the 44-year-old Lawal is hoping they can repeat the feat this year.

“Although it is too early to judge the level of our preparation, we have started with the qualifiers and the friendlies played.

“All our players play week-in-week-out. We just have to believe that we will do well and win the tournament.”