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AFCON: Odegbami tips Super Eagles to play Ivory Coast in final


Former Nigeria international Dr. Olusegun Odegbami has tipped Nigeria’s Super Eagles to play host nation Ivory Coast in the final of the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Nigeria will now square up to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the competition’s first semi-final at the Stade de la Paix (Stadium of Peace) in Bouake on Wednesday evening.

The Elephants will tackle DR Congo’s Leopards in the second semi-final match at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium for a place in the final.

Odegbami, the 71-year-old who was part of the Nigeria squad that won the 1980 AFCON had earlier tipped Nigeria to win the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast.

“I said long before the finals that we would be champions of Africa. Many people thought I was just sounding off. Now, they are seeing their light. Everyone appears to believe now that the Super Eagles can do it,” Odegbami said

“Now that we are in the semi-finals, I see that we are going to be playing the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire in the Final.

The Nigerian football legend popularly known as ‘The Mathematical’ during his playing days for the national team said Nigeria will defeat South Africa on Wednesday and Ivory Coast win over DR Congo.

“We are beating South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire will beat the Democratic Republic of Congo. The stage is set for a classic Final match on February 11.”