With the draw of the 2017 African Cup of Nations out, a former CAF African player of the winner, Victor Ikpeba has warned the Super Eagles not to fail in their quest to qualify for the continent’s biggest soccer fiesta holding in Gabon. Eagles failed to qualify for the last edition of the tournament held in Equatorial Guinea and after the draw for the next championship was made during the week in Cairo, with Nigeria pitted in Group G, comprising record time winners of the tournament, Egypt and minnows Tanzania and Chad, the former Monaco striker said that the Eagles were condemned to qualifying for 2017 AFCON. There are 13 groups in all in this qualifying race, with the first placed teams picking direct tickets to the tournament while the best two runners-up pick the two remaining

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slots while the hosts are guaranteed a place in the tournament they are hosting. Observers believe the fight for the direct ticket in Group G is between Nigeria and Egypt, with the latter looking the more fancied to progress, if recent form is used as a gauge.

And speaking in an interview with Sports Vanguard, the former Borussia Dortmund hitman said that the Eagles must use the opportunity of playing in the 2017 AFCON qualifying series to return to winning ways, after stumbling to a recent 1-0 defeat to Uganda at the Uyo International Stadium and drawing 1-1 with the Bafana Bafana in Nelspruit.

 “The Super Eagles must use this qualifying campaign for the Nations Cup in 2017 to bounce back to winning ways because for some time now, they have not inspired confidence with their performance and Nigerians deserve more than they are getting from them. SHARE ON

source :vanguardngr

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