Gernot Rohr masterminded qualification for a major tournament with at least one game to spare yet still he does not get respect from Nigerians.
With 23 out of 24 Africa Cup of Nations sides decided, due to a COVID-19-related delay in one fixture, ESPN runs the rule over the 2022 competitors.
Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and other Nigerian stars performed well globally.
With nine months to go until the tournament, here are ESPN's far-too-early predictions of the top six contenders for the continent's grandest prize.
Nigeria defeated Benin 1-0 after already having qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Saturday due a draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone.
With eight goals in nine games -- including five in his last two -- Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho has finally announced himself.
While the AFCON expansion to 24 teams has taken some of the drama out of the qualifying campaign, there's still much to play for.
Nigeria want to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in a manner that makes amends for the disappointment when they last played at home.
Kelechi Iheanacho was in inspired form for Leicester City this weekend, while his Nigeria teammates Moses Simon and Henry Onyekuru returned to form.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has explained the reasoning behind the two biggest decisions of his latest Nigeria squad, ahead of their Afcon qualifiers.
While Genk striker Paul Onuachu keeps top spot in the Power Rankings, it was a defensively strong month from Nigeria's players around the world.
Victor Osimhen has described the feeling of being knocked unconscious in Napoli's Serie A fixture against Atalanta as "like a brain reset".
Napoli's Victor Osimhen will remain overnight in hospital under observation after being knocked unconscious during the match at Atalanta.
Wilfred Ndidi's efforts against Liverpool, and before that, have made football fans sit up and wonder whether he's African POTY material.
Maduka Okoye is Nigeria's first-choice goalkeeper, Gernot Rohr says, days before naming his squad for the final two 2021 Afcon qualifiers.
Samuel Chukwueze expects to miss Nigeria's final two games of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign after undergoing groin surgery.
It's been a goal fest for Nigerian players across Europe in 2021, and even the Nigerian domestic league has seen the net rattled aplenty in January.
Nigeria forward Henry Onyekuru is keen to get his career back on track after returning on loan to Turkey's Galatasaray.
Odion Ighalo has confirmed he has left Manchester United following the end of a year-long loan spell from Shanghai Shenhua.
Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri served up another masterclass in Spain, while Zimbabwe's Tino Kadewere showed why he is southern Africa's top player.
Crystal Palace midfielder Ebere Eze is under pressure to decide between Nigeria and England, and he needs to be left alone to make a decision.
After looking like he was a few steps from the exit door, Nigerian Alex Iwobi's Everton career has been rejuvenated by a positional switch.