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Former Super Eagles Captain Mikel Makes Predicts AFCON Final

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semifinals are set, and excitement is brewing around a potential showdown between two West African giants: Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

This fiery prediction comes from none other than John Obi-Mikel, former Super Eagles captain, and Chelsea legend.

Both teams secured their spots in the semifinals with contrasting victories.

Ivory Coast fought back to edge Mali 2-1, while Nigeria comfortably defeated Angola. 

However, their paths will potentially cross again on the biggest stage, as Mikel foresees a rematch brewing.

While Nigeria emerged victorious in their group stage encounter with a narrow 1-0 win, Mikel acknowledges Ivory Coast’s recent resurgence and fighting spirit. 

“They were on the verge of leaving the tournament,” he recalls on The Obi One podcast, “and all of a sudden, they are back in it.”

He highlights their current momentum, stating, “They have got a wind with them… They have started to win games.”

This potential final would be a rematch filled with history and intrigue.

Nigeria would seek to repeat their group stage triumph, while Ivory Coast would be hungry for revenge and a shot at continental glory. 

The stage is set for a thrilling encounter, as Mikel concludes with a hint of anticipation: “Who knows?”

With both teams boasting talented players and passionate fan bases, a Nigeria-Ivory Coast final would undoubtedly be a spectacle to behold.

Whether Mikel’s prediction holds remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the semifinals promise intense battles and the potential for an electrifying showdown in the AFCON final.