One the one hand, Nigerian Super Falcon’s are fighting to stay in the Women’s World Cup taking place in France, while on the other, the men’s team is preparing for the all-important Africa Nations Cup which will commence at the end of the month.
Featuring 24 teams, it is the most important competition of the continent and Nigeria will be giving it their best this year in the hopes of their fourth win.
Even before the start of the Africa Nations Cup, it is proving to be somewhat of a bittersweet tournament for the Nigerian team. John Mikel Obi, who captained the team to its 2013 victory has hinted that this might be his last time in the competition.
Although he is still playing with Middlesbrough, it will be a fantastic send-off to one of the best players in Nigerian football history should the Super Eagles bring home the trophy.
However, wishing a win is one thing, and actually lifting the trophy is a whole different ball game.
Fans and punters who want to make money from the tournament have their eyes on the top contenders, and here are three that Nigeria should be focusing on with all their heart and soul.
Having won the Africa Cup of Nation the maximum time, since its inception, Egypt is a force to reckon with. They have seven titles under their belt and will undoubtedly be gunning for the eighth.
Bookmakers have them at 9/2 odds to lift the cup, which is a great bet to place right now. What’s more interesting is the 11/2 odds for Mo Salah to be the top goal scorer.
Punters should remember that Salah was one of the Golden Boot winners in the Premier League this year and is most likely to continue his goal scoring form in Africa as well.
Betting on soccer can get confusing sometimes if you are an outsider and are not aware of all the teams that are playing in a competition.
Moreover, it is also challenging to stay informed about all the happenings, especially when so many matches are in play.
Punters should thus be looking at football predictions to guide them into the right direction for that favourable winning bet. And if the projections put Ghana as a winner, then you can be sure about it, for the country is listed at 8/1 odds to win this year.
Furthermore, Ghana has not one, but two high scoring players in Jordan Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, giving them an edge in the competition.
A team with nothing to lose is typically the most fearsome opponent, and with no wins in the Africa Nations Cup as of yet, Senegal will be giving all that they have without a worry on their minds.
Looking at the team’s present form, quite a few pundits have them listed as one of the finalists. As a result, they are also a favourite with the bookmakers who have them at 7/1 odds.
Teams will come, and teams will go, but what Nigeria needs to remember is that they have the talent to win this thing.
All that they need now is to focus on their games and play every match with the determination to succeed.
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