Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has voiced his conviction that Nigeria will emerge victorious in the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), set to kick off in Ivory Coast later this month, MysportDab reports.
Mikel, a seasoned football veteran, also named Napoli striker Victor Osimhen as his top pick for the tournament’s coveted Player of the Tournament award.
Speaking exclusively to CNN World Sport, Mikel expressed his optimism, stating, “Nigeria will win the 2023 AFCON, and Victor Osimhen will win Player of the Tournament.” The former Chelsea star drew parallels between Osimhen and the iconic Didier Drogba, emphasizing the Napoli striker’s goal-scoring prowess, strength, and dynamic playing style.
Mikel highlighted the abundance of talent in Nigeria’s striking department, citing impressive performances from players such as Taiwo Awoniyi of Nottingham Forest and Victor Boniface of Bayer Leverkusen.
Acknowledging the nation’s strength in attack, Mikel emphasized the need to address minor issues in defense and goalkeeping for a comprehensive team effort.
The Super Eagles find themselves placed in Group A alongside the hosts, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea. Commencing their campaign on January 15, Nigeria is gearing up for a challenging journey in pursuit of continental glory.
Mikel’s predictions have added to the growing anticipation surrounding Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 campaign, with fans eagerly awaiting the performances of the talented squad under the leadership of head coach Augustine Eguavoen.
As the football world gears up for this prestigious tournament, Mikel’s insights contribute to the excitement and discussions surrounding the potential triumph of the Super Eagles on the African football stage.