Despite failing to make the last tournament, the Nigerian team are still rated as one of the favourites for the title, but Abdullahi insists that the government's expectations are next to nothing.
“It will not be easy for the team to be building and contesting at the same time. We do not expect much from the team because it is still a new team. They are not under any target from us.
"It is a new team and we have to be very careful."
Abdullahi did say the government would do everything to support the squad to have a successful outing in South Africa.
"The coach and players need support from every Nigerian, and as government, we will give them the necessary support they need.
"So let’s hope that everybody will put their hands together for the Eagles to do well,” the minister stated.