Obi Mikel predicts 2023 AFCON's two finalists

Obi Mikel predicts 2023 AFCON's two finalists
Former Chelsea player and Nigerian international Mikel John Obi arrives for the Best FIFA Football Awards 2023 in London, Britain, 15 January 2024. EPA/NEIL HALL

by Thando Mpembe

Monday Feb 05, 2024. 16:48

Nigerian football legend John Obi Mikel has predicated the two teams that will reach the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.

The Super Eagles will take on South Africa in the first semi-final match on Wednesday before tournament hosts, Ivory Coast, lock horns with DR Congo later on the same day.

When asked if Nigeria and Ivory Coast will reach the final on The Obi One podcast, Mikel said, “I think so.

“I was thinking about it the other day and I was thinking that we managed to beat them in the group stage and they were on the verge of leaving, the tournament, and all of a sudden you know, they are back in it, and now.

“They have got a wind with them and now are playing prettily okay but not so well, but they have started to win games, and now if they can manage to get to the final, who knows?”

In a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019, Mikel played 91 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals and he retired from professional football in 2022.

At the 2013 AFCON finals in South Africa, Mikel was a key player for Nigeria as they went on to win their third continental title.

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