VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Ahmed Musa of Nigeria celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)




Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George has cautioned both players and handlers of the senior national team not to get complacent ahead of their opening match fixture against Burundi at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, reports.


Speaking exclusively to, the 1994 AFCON winner reiterated that there are no minnows in African football because every team coming into the competition has a mentality of trying to win it.

Finidi George back in the Super Eagles was one of the stand out players
Finidi George back in the Super Eagles was one of the stand out players


“On paper, Nigeria should beat Burundi but we have seen time and time again that there are no underdogs in a tournament like this. The players are always prepared but we will see that in the coming days.


“They should play compact in attack and defence in order to recoup the ball whenever we lose it. The quicker we win back the ball after losing it, the more determined and dominant we will become during the course of the match. If we don’t do that, it will be a 50-50 chance for both teams,” Finidi concluded.


Having been drawn in Group B, three-time champions Nigeria will begin their quest for a fourth continental crown when they file out against Burundi on Saturday evening at the 20,000 capacity Alexandria Stadium in Egypt.