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It is a tall order for the Super Eagles as Spain are the World Cup and Euro championship title-holders and Uruguay came fourth at the last World Cup and are the reigning South American kings.
African teams have not performed well at a now-quadrennial tournament that is staged a year before a World Cup as a dress rehearsal, and brings together the champions of the six FIFA regions plus the host nation and the world champions.
Nigeria kick off their campaign on June 17 against surprise Oceania champions Tahiti, tackle Uruguay three days later and on June 23 meet star-stacked Spain with the group winners and runners-up advancing to the semi-finals.
Cameroon are the only Africans to reach the final, losing 1-0 to hosts France in 2003, but it proved a tragic tournament for the Indomitable Lions with Marc Vivien Foe suffering a fatal heart attack in an earlier match.