Retired Ghanaian International, Asamoah Gyan, has fancied the Super Eagles of Nigeria to lift the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations trophy.
Led by an interim manager, Augustine Eguavoen, the Super Eagles opened their Group D account with a deserved 1-0 victory over seven-time champions Egypt.
Although hosts Cameroon have scored a total of six goals in two matches, the highest in the competition so far, the ex-Ghanian captain believes Nigeria stand out as the team to Conquer Africa, after just one game.
Speaking during his analysis as a guest on SuperSport, the former Sunderland star said, “Yes, as of today Nigeria stands out as the team with the will to conquer all oppositions going by what happened in the match against Egypt.
“Every other potential winner of the tournament seems to be playing with too much caution and this explains why most of the matches have not been impressive. But when you look at Nigeria, they showed character of a potential champion considering the way they dominated Egypt all through the 90 minutes.
“Nigeria deserved to score more goals in the match but they were unlucky in the final cut. This was a team that had its pre-tournament challenge as they were unable to have some of their best forwards for the tournament and playing a strong team like Egypt in the opening match was an acid test and they excelled.
“But when you look at how Nigeria imposed themselves on Egypt, other teams are yet to show character and one only hopes they maintain the same tempo as the tournament progresses.”
Nigeria lead Group D with two points after defeating The Pharaohs followed by Guinea Bissau and their next opponent Sudan.
The Sudanese were held to a goalless draw against Guinea Bissau and would need at least a draw against Nigeria to keep their qualification hopes alive.
However, victory for Super Eagles on Saturday will secure them a spot in the last 16 of the tournament.