Nigeria will not be part of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but chief coach Salisu Yusuf has assured the team will fight hard to secure a place in the 2019 edition in Cameroon.

The three-time African champions will battle South Africa, Libya and Seychelles in Group E after the draw was held on Thursday in Libreville.

Salisu admits South Africa, who stopped the Eagles from making it to the 2015 AFCON, will pose the biggest threat in the group.

But he believes the eagles are determined to avoid a third consecutive absence at the Afcon.

All group winners from the 12 pools will qualify for the tournament and will be joined by three of the best second placed teams