AFCON 2023: Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, CIV not as strong as Nigeria, says Odegbami

AFCON 2023: Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, CIV not as strong as Nigeria, says Odegbami

Former Nigeria international Segun Odegbami says teams such as Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and champion Senegal will not be as strong as Nigeria in the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Nigeria's Super Eagles are aiming to win their fourth AFCON title after emerging champions in 2013.

For this year's tournament, they are in Group A along with Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea.

Odegbami, the 1980 AFCON champion, claimed that the only threat the Eagles faced was the North African team.

“I'm going to AFCON in full force to join the guys who come back with that trophy. If you ask me why, I really don't know and I can't justify it, but it will happen. I have a gut feeling,” Odegbami said as a guest on Nigeria Info’s “Game On” show.

“The other teams are not very strong. The strong teams are from North Africa, but they are coming to West Africa to pick us up.

“Senegal are not the team they were two or three years ago. Ivory Coast are not the same at all. They are a strong team from West Africa that will give us a fight. They are not Ghana or Cameroon.”

Odegbami said the Eagles have been given a mental boost by Victor Osimhen's reign as African Footballer of the Year.

“He (Osimhen) will do well and win for us and based on some of those things, we have good players but they haven't gelled as a team and now they melt a little bit. We'll have some time.''

“The other teams are not very strong. We have Victor Osimhen and I hope they keep Francis Uzoho out of the goal. If we do all these things, we will go home with the trophy. It will come.”

Meanwhile, 17 players are currently participating in the Eagles' Abu Dhabi training camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in preparation for AFCON 2023.


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