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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Nigeria equal 2006 record

By Brian Aheebwa
The Super Eagles of Nigeria celebrate one of their three goals against Sudan | CAF Image

Nigeria came out as a unique team from the group stages, having won all their three games, the only side to achieve the feat at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

It’s important to note that during the 2019 edition in Egypt, three teams finished the group stages with maximum points including Egypt, Morocco and Algeria.

The Super Eagles who were pooled in Group D at this year’s tournament, beat record champions Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau to reach the Round of 16 with maximum points.

By doing so, the three time AFCON winners equalled their 2006 record, the last time they finished the group with all the available nine points.

Coincidently, back then they were also pooled in Group D alongside Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe all of which they defeated.

The above tournament was hosted in Egypt and the West Africans were able to reach the semifinals before they were eliminated by Ivory Coast.

In Cairo, Nigeria beat Senegal in the third place playoff final to return to Lagos with a bronze medal.

As they continue hunting for their fourth AFCON trophy, their morale is sky-high, we wait to see what they can afford this time round.

In the knockouts, Nigeria will face any of the teams that finish third in either Group E or F in Garoua on Sunday, January 23.

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