Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi said that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be a serious battle as 24 countries compete for the ultimate crown.
For the first time since its inception, there will be 24 teams at the AFCON finals including the Super Eagles.
The west Africans are set to return to the continental stage since 2013 and they have been placed in Group B against debutants Burundi and Madagascar, and Guinea.
Ahead of their opening fixture against Burundi on June 22, 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."