The Super Eagles face a daunting prospect in the group stage of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after they were drawn against record nine-time champions Egypt in draws held in Cameroon on Tuesday.
Three-time African champions Nigeria were pitted against the Pharaohs of Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau in Group D of the delayed showpiece.
The tournament which was originally scheduled for this year in Cameroon was moved to 2022 because of Covid-19 but will still be known as the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Hosts Cameroon will play Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Cape Verde in Group A while defending champions Algeria come up against heavyweights Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea in Group E.
2021 AFCON DRAWS IN FULL
Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde
Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea Bissau
Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’ivoire
Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia