They have been away for a while but return on the back of a respectable World Cup showing, boasting a formidable well of talent and top-level knowhow that should ease them to a last-four place at least.

A friendly win over Egypt, albeit with Mohamed Salah staying at home, in March bodes well. The likes of Kelechi Iheanacho (dropped from the squad), Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi may have had varying fortunes in the Premier League but all should be able to influence an AFCON campaign; Henry Onyekuru has had a fine season at Galatasaray while Wilfred Ndidi is an outstanding all-round midfielder these days.

The Super Eagles look strong and solid, with a hefty punch at the sharp end.

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