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How Super Eagles’ potential Round of 16 opponents fared in the opening round - AFCON 2021


Nigeria are one of 10 teams that managed a win in their first game at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which put them top of Group D.

Africaflavour Sports already established a pool of potential opponents for Nigeria in the Round of 16 based on whether or not they finish the group stages as a winner or runner-up.

If Nigeria wins Group D, they will play against one of the third-placed teams in groups B, E and F. Thanks to that win against Egypt, Nigeria sits top of Group D right now, so let us take a look at the potential opponents as it stands after the first round of games.

Malawi are currently third in Group B, but that is only based on alphabetical order as they have the same stats as Zimbabwe who also lost their first game 1-0.

Either one of these teams is still on course to finish third as projected pre-tournament but their performances in the first game suggests it will be Zimbabwe when it is all said and done.

Malawi were outplayed by Guinea and lost 1-0, but Zimbabwe held Senegal (Africa’s highest-ranked team) up until the 94th minute before Mane’s penalty condemned them also to a 1-0 

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