Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has predicted that Nigeria will win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, kicking off in Ivory Coast later this month.

He also tipped Napoli striker Victor Osimhen to finish as the tournament’s best player.

“Nigeria will win the 2023 AFCON and Victor Osimhen will win player of the tournament,” Mikel said in an interview with CNN World Sport.

“He [Victor Osimhen] is on fire. For me, he looks a little bit like Didier Drogba; he scores goals, he holds up play—a strong, young, and energetic striker.

“When it comes to the striking department, I think right now we are blessed. We are blessed with a lot of players there. [Taiwo] Awoniyi is doing well for Nottingham Forest and also for the national team. We also have Victor Boniface of Bayer Leverkusen, who is doing really well. So we are quite blessed when it comes to striking force. But we just have to fix some little issues with the defence and goalkeeping. I think if we can be able to do that, we’ve got a very good chance.”

The Super Eagles are drawn in Group A alongside the hosts, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea.

Nigeria will begin their campaign on January 15 with their first group match against Equatorial Guinea.

‘Nigeria will win AFCON 2023’ – Mikel Obi

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