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AFCON: Super Eagles Have 13th Lowest Average Age Teams

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have the 13th lowest average age of all the 24 teams that will participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11, 2024.

The average age of the 25 Super Eagles players invited for the 2023 AFCON is 26.52 years, making the team one of the youngest at the forthcoming tournament.

Recall that in March, world-renowned statistics platform, CIES claimed that the Super Eagles are the 14th youngest side in the world. The platform used the average age of the 126 senior men’s national teams’ lineups in the last 12 months to come up with this conclusion.

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But based on the players invited for the 2023 AFCON, Nigeria currently has the 13th oldest squad in Africa.

The oldest player in the current Super Eagles squad is Sivasspor of Turkey forward Ahmed Musa, who is currently the most capped Eagles player. Musa is currently 31 years old, and he is the team’s captain.

The youngest player in the Super Eagles AFCON squad is Club Brugge of Belgium midfielder Raphael Onyedika. He is currently 22 years old.

Below is the list of all the 24 teams participating in the 2023 AFCON; the list is arranged from the oldest squad to the youngest squad:

Egypt — 28.85 years
Cape Verde — 28.1 years
Namibia — 27.57 years
South Africa — 27.52 years
Mozambique — 27.49 years
Tunisia — 27.41 years
Algeria — 27.35 years
DR Congo — 27.29 years
Senegal — 26.93 years
Ivory Coast — 26.74 years
Angola — 26.6 years
Morocco — 26.59 years
Nigeria — 26.52 years
Ghana — 26.41 years
Mauritania — 26.37 years
Guinea — 26.24 years
The Gambia — 26.17 years
Zambia — 26 years
Mali — 25.85 years
Burkina Faso — 25.07 years
Cameroon — 25.04 years
Guinea-Bissau — 25.04 years
Equatorial Guinea — 24.7 years
Tanzania — 24.64 years

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