Nigeria, in Group B of the competition, will start their campaign on Saturday when they face debutants Burundi.
Speaking ahead of the competition in Egypt, Aghahowa who featured at the 2002 edition of the competition, said frequent changes to the starting lineup will ruin the team’s chances.
“As we head into this tournament, a lineup filled with a consistent selection from the coach will be an integral decision to posing a huge threat of winning the title,” he told AOIfootball.
“I know frequent changes would be made but fielding players who are familiar with playing each other would be key and will also give us the edge over any team in the African Cup of Nations.”
He added: “I am happy with the final 23-man list made by the coach. He knows why he dropped others, and we must respect that.
“They were all good players but of course, some had to be dropped because you can’t go with everyone.”