The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn to face North African rivals Egypt in Group D of the preliminary round of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The draw for the biennial competition which took place in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, on Tuesday night will also have Nigeria prosecute matches against Sudan and Guinea Bissau.
Comoros, who are making their first appearance at the tournament, will have their hands full when they take on Senegal, Ghana and Gabon in Group C.
Defending champions Algeria will renew their rivalry with Cote d’Ivoire in Group E which also has Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea.
AFCON 2004 winners Tunisia have been zoned alongside Mali, Mauritania, and Gambia in Group F.
The Super Eagles begin their quest for glory against the Pharaohs at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua on January 11.
The 33rd edition of the continental show piece was due to begin on January 9, 2021, but was postponed to January 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nigeria last won the championship in 2013 when they defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in South Africa courtesy of Sunday Mba’s first-half strike.
The three-time African champions finished third at Egypt 2019 after defeating Tunisia in the third-place play-off at Al Salam Stadium, Cairo.
Check out the groups in full below.