The Super Eagles might be missing the upcoming AFCON 2017 tournament, but there is little doubt a number of teams at the competition will want to win it.
Ivory Coast are the reigning champions and have one of the strongest pool of players despite the absence of one of their star players Gervinho.
Algeria have the fire power of Ryad Mahrez, Brahimmi and Nabi to call upon. With that in mind, we look at FIVE teams expected to do well at the African showpiece which begins on January 14.
The Indomitable Lions are pitched in Group A, Nicolas Nkoulou is a quality defender who can be relied upon while Stephane Mbia should provide some solidity in midfield.
The Lions are strongest in attack with Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting the star names. The target for the team should at least be a quarter-final berth.
2. Ivory Coast
As reigning Champions, Ivory Coast should be among the contenders. The Elephants will not see Didier Drogba, Gervinho in this tournament but there are many players who can pose a threat.
Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly and Lamine Kone are the star names in defence while Yaya Toure and Frank Kessie should lead in midfield.
Wilfred Bony, Solomon Kalou and Wilfred Zaha will lead the attack. The target for the team is a final appearance.
After years of underachievement on the continental scene, record champions Pharaohs of Egypt are back in the continent.
There aren't many star names but the likes of Mohammed Salah, Ramadan Sobhi and Mohammed Elneny are quality players in their own right.
A semi-final experience is the minimum expectation.
The Foxes have probably the best attack and midfield going into the competition. Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani both of Leicester City.
Faouzi Ghoulam is a world class full back for Napoli, Nabil Bentaleb, Saphit Taider, Yacine Brahimi are going to boss midfields.
The top ranked team in Africa are no longer the giants they were but have quality all round and are probably the most balanced team in the competition.
Sadio Mané, Moussa Sow and Mame Biram Diouf are the star attackers while Idrissa Gana Gueye, Mohamed Diamé and Cheikhou Kouyaté are the star midfielders.
One player to watch out for is Lazio's Keita Baldé is expected to light up the continent.