Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Wednesday landed in Garoua the home town of past long-time president of CAF, Issa Hayatou and the venue of their Group D games of the Africa Cup of Nations.
In their 18 appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been on the podium 15 times, winning the title thrice.
The only times they did not get to the podium were their maiden appearance in Ghana 1963, Libya 1982 and Ghana 2008.
In all these, Ghana was a recurring decimal, hosting and winning in 1963, winning in 1982 and hosting in 2008.
Nigeria won the trophy three times (1980, 1994 and 2013), finished as runners-up four times (1984, 1988, 1990 and 2000) and picked up the bronze medals eight times (1976, 1978, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2019).
Hoping for another podium ending, if not the actual title-winning, an NFF media release indicated that the team officials confirmed that the players will have their first training session in Cameroon on Thursday evening at the Stade Roumdé Adjia, venue of their Group D games.
Their first match comes up on Tuesday and it is already being touted as the final-before-final as they confront Egypt.