The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Friday, and Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi is anticipating a tough battle for all 24 teams.
Iwobi will be making his first AFCON appearance in a competition that will feature 24 teams for the first time.
Ahead of Super Eagles' opening fixture against Burundi on Saturday, Iwobi disclosed that the tournament will not be an easy ride for any team in Egypt.
“Everyone is saying on papers that we should go through and qualify [from Group B] but we know it is not going to be easy,” Iwobi told the NFF media .
“Every team is there to try and do their best, to try and win. It is going to be almost like a war, it is going to be a serious battle and fight, every game will be competitive.
“I’m sure Madagascar and Burundi, even though it is their first, they will come to prove to everyone why they had the chance to get to the Afcon.
“We know it will not be easy because it’s been a while we played at the Africa Cup of Nations but we are going with confidence and our heads held up high.
“And not only that, we are still young and the future is very bright with young talents in the team. There is a lot of hope and a bright future ahead of us.”
Nigeria is one of the most successful countries in the competition having won the tournament in 1980, 1994 and 2013.