Gernot Rohr has warned Nigeria to be wary of Africa Cup of Nations debutants Burundi as his side begin their bid for a fourth continental crown.
The Super Eagles won the most recent of their three titles six years ago but failed to qualify for the last two editions of the competition.
After topping a qualifying group that included South Africa, Libya and Seychelles, however, Nigeria are ranked among the favourites to go all the way in Egypt.
But Rohr’s men enter the tournament on the back of a 1-0 loss to Senegal – ending a year-long eight-match unbeaten run – and the veteran coach of four African nations is not taking Burundi lightly.
Burundi are considered an unknown quantity as this is their first taste of a major international tournament, having finished ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon in qualifying.
The Swallows are one of three debuting nations in this year’s competition, along with Mauritania and round-robin opponents Madagascar, with Guinea the other side in Group B.