The Cranes' French coach is quietly confident that the East Africans may have an edge after being drawn against the Africa Cup of Nations hosts.
ESPN selects the pick of the Afcon group-stage clashes, for various diverse reasons, following Friday's draw in Cairo.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr could not have asked for a more favourable group if he had stood on the podium and dipped his hands into the bowl himself.
At the 2019 Afcon draw, big guns like Egypt and Nigeria got groups some would consider easy, while Group D are the traditional 'Group of Death'.
Hosts Egypt draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the Africa Cup of Nations draw on Friday.
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The Nigerian legend says African coaches "can do much more if there is support from everyone instead of running to Europeans at every opportunity".
Sadio Mane is developing a big-game scoring record to compares with Africa's greats; now he's looking to influence EPL and Champions League titles.
Local media reports said Mai Tadiwa was killed outside an entry gate as fans pushed to enter the stadium amid poor crowd control.
Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
Percy Tau scored twice in the second half to seal South Africa's place in the finals, with Libya, who needed to win to qualify, coming up short.
Given the lack of pressure in facing Seychelles on Friday, having already qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria's display was... meh.
Nigeria have never been short of inspiration for international games, and coach Gernot Rohr wants them to be mentally tough against tiny Seychelles.
Here's the state of play heading into the final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with 10 of the 24 berths in the finals up for grabs.
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Nigeria's captain has not been involved with the Super Eagles since the World Cup in Russia. But the team does not appear to have missed its leader.
South Africa are second in Group E, two points ahead of Libya, and need only to draw the fixture in Sfax, Tunisia, to secure AFCON qualification.
Egypt has chosen six venues to host this year's African Cup of Nations, including the Port Said Stadium where 72 supporters died in 2012.
Mohamed Salah is set to be rested for Egypt's fixtures in March's international break, including a Africa Cup of Nations qualifer.
This year's African Nations Cup in Egypt has been pushed back by six days to cater for Ramadan and allow Muslim players time to rest and recover
South African legend Phil Masinga has passed away from "a cancer related disease," the nation's football association has announced.
The Egyptian star beat Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win consecutive awards.
Egypt will host the 2019 African Nations Cup finals, the Confederation of African Football confirmed after a meeting of their executive committee.