Ex-DR Congo Captain Zakuani: Super Eagles Won’t Win 2021 AFCON

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Former Democratic Republic of Congo captain Gabriel Zakuani says the Super Eagles will not win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations even if they qualify for the competition later this month.

The Super Eagles, who are currently top of Group L need just one point from their remaining two games in the qualifiers against neighbours Benin Republic and Lesotho to secure a place in Cameroon 2021.

Gernot Rohr’s side would have already booked a place in the AFCON finals had they beat Sierra Leone at home last November.

Th three-time African champions let slip a 4-0 lead to the Leone Stars, who salvaged a dramatic 4-4 draw with two goals in the last ten minutes.
“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.”

Nigeria will travel away to Benin on Saturday, March 27 , before hosting Lesotho in the final qualifying fixture at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on March 30.

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