Former France international Olivier Dacourt has said Nigeria’s Flying Eagles are the team who have most impressed him after a first round of matches at the AYC, Africa Football reports.
The Flying Eagles beat hosts Senegal 3-1 to get their campaign underway on Sunday.
“Nigeria have stood out for me as a team, they play collectively,” said former Inter Milan and Roma star Dacourt, who is now a TV pundit for Eurosport and Tf1.
“I watched them beat Senegal even though their goalkeeper had to make three big saves. Their players are all on the same level.”
However, he said he believes the host nation could still stage a comeback and win the tournament.
“It is now difficult for them after they lost their opening match in front of their fans, but we have also seen a team like Spain lose their first match to Switzerland and still go on to win the 2010 World Cup,” he argued.