The Super Eagles of Nigeria will today inside the Alexandria stadium in far away Egypt return to the Africa Cup of Nations after exiting the competition as the Champion on 10th February, 2013.
Stephen Keshi tutored side against all odds defeated both Ivory Coast and Mali in the quarter final and semi final respectively before Sunday Mba solitary strike against Burkina Faso inside the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg earned Nigeria her third continental trophy.
Since that famous victory, the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the next two successive edition, losing out to South Africa and Congo in 2015 and Egypt in 2017.
By the time Bernard Camille, the Seychelles referee sounded his whistle for the kick off in Group B opener against Burundi, it will be 2, 323 days ago, that a Nigerian wearing the Super Eagles jersey kicked a ball at AFCON.
There are only 3 players of this team that was part of the 2013 victory, captain Mikel Obi, Vice captain Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo.
Will Gernot Rohr young squad shock Africa the way Stephen Keshi young squad shocked Africa by lifting the trophy? Time will tell.