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Afcon: Nigeria can be shocked in Group B, warns Wilfred Ndidi

8:17 PM MYT 16/06/2019
Wilfred Ndidi Nigeria
The Leicester City midfielder cautioned his teammates not to look down on any team at the Afcon

Wilfred Ndidi believes Nigeria's opponents in Group B will not be easy and there could be a surprise at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

The Super Eagles are up against two debutants in Madagascar and Burundi, plus an experienced Guinea in their group.

They will take on Burundi in their opening game at the Alexandria Stadium on June 22 - the first time the countries meet at the competition.

"I don’t think it is an easy group for me, there is no easy team in modern football. No matter the name, the only matter is the 90 minutes of the game," Ndidi told Goal.

"We can get a shock in this group so we have to stay focused on the game, not on how easy it is, and ignore what people say.

"We will play tough games against very good teams and our target is to be on top by the end of group stages."

The Leicester City midfielder ended the 2018-19 Premier League season as the best tackler with 142 completed tackles.

During the campaign, he faced the continent's best stars including Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez whom he has picked as the toughest.

"Salah is a very good player, I played against him three times, he is a great finisher and very fast. Mane is also a very good player," he continued.

"The toughest one for me is Mahrez because he was in Leicester and we trained every day before he left.

"He is very difficult, skinny and very technical. You have to slow down to take him out, if you go fast he will finish you in seconds."

On the Super Eagles' chances of winning a fourth Afcon title in Egypt, Ndidi said that the team will take it one game at a time.

"With the current players, the coach and staff, I think we can do something, the important thing is to try and win games as much as we can," he added.

"We can not talk about winning the Cup now, we will deal with it game by game and see what will happen, there are many good teams here."