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The dashing winger has expressed optimism that the country's representatives will survive the heat of Group A against South Africa, Mali and Mozambique

Enugu Rangers' winger Ejike Uzoenyi has predicted the downfall of Nigeria’s opponents at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) that starts in South Africa on January 11.

Nigeria are pooled alongside hosts, South Africa, Mozambique and Mali in Group A and are billed to face their West African neighbours, the Eagles of Mali in the second game of the opening day of the competition at the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town.

Uzoenyi who is making a sensational return to the Nigerian league after his loan deal with Rennes of France was not renewed told Goal that the Super Eagles would hover over the three countries and book a place in the quarter finals.

The pint sized speed star said that despite it being the country's first appearance at the CHAN, the Super Eagles B would leave an indelible mark in South Africa just like their compatriots did last year by winning the AFCON title.

"We are going to South Africa with expectations high that we won't disappoint Nigerians. We have a mission to accomplish there and we are going there with lots of assurance that we are going to win it,” Uzoenyi told Goal.

"We are attending for the first time but that won't be any barrier to our success. The three countries we are paired with in the first round won't be any problem at all despite our lack of knowledge about them," he said.

Nigeria will play all their three first round matches at the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on the 11th, 15th and 19th January against Mali, Mozambique and South Africa in Group A.