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Super Eagles soar high in AFCON Group Stage stats



At the conclusion of the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations 2021, only one team ended the stage with 100% performance – winning all three group matches. Tjat team is the Super Eagles of Nigeria.


The last time that happened was at Angola 2010 when Egypt won all their group matches. They went on to win the title. Could this be an indication of what will happen on 6 February?

In the 36 matches played, 68 goals were scored. At the same stage of the competition three years ago, there were also 68 goals. These are the two editions with the 24-team format.


The  stats at a glance

Matches Played: 36

Goals Scored: 68 (1.89 goals / match)


Top Goal Scorer: Vincent Abubakar (Cameroon) – 5 goals

Team with highest points: Nigeria – 9 points

Team with lowest points: Mauritania – 0 points

Team with highest goals scored: Cameroon – 7 goals

Team with lowest goals scored: Guinea Bissau, Mauritania – 0 goals


Team with highest goals conceded: Mauritania – 7 goals

Team with lowest goals conceded: Senegal – 0 goals

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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