Former DR Congo captain Gabriel Zakuani has expressed his doubts on Nigeria’s ability to lift the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations title.
Nigeria is on the verge of qualifying as the national team need just two points to book a place in Africa’s number one football tournament.
The Super Eagles had a poor outing last year in which they threw away a four-goal lead against Sierra Leone in Benin City and we’re forced to a goalless draw at Freetown.
However, the senior national team will face Benin Republic at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto-Novo on March 27 and play against Lesotho three days later.
The three-time African champions last won the tournament in 2013 under Stephen Keshi in South Africa.
But Zakuani believes the present Super Eagles are not prepared to repeat the 2013 feat, given their not too impressive performances lately.
“At this moment, I don’t quite feel they are ready because champions will not give away four-goal leads, so I don’t expect them to win,” Zakuani told a special edition of the BBC’s Sport Africa TV programme.
“I feel like it has come too soon for them to win it. [It’s time] for them to just be there, compete and then push on again.”
Meanwhile, Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Mali have qualified for the next Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon.