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2023 AFCON: Jose Mourinho predicts Ivory Coast v Nigeria final

Cup of Nations 2023 AFCON: Jose Mourinho predicts Ivory Coast v Nigeria final
FEB 11, 2024 LISTEN

Former Chelsea and AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has expressed confidence in the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.

The Super Eagles are set to face Ivory Coast, the host nation, in the final showdown taking place today, Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé.

Nigeria secured their spot in the final after a thrilling 4-2 penalty shootout victory against South Africa's Bafana Bafana.

Their opponents, the Elephants, earned their place in the final with a narrow 1-0 win over Cape Verde in the semi-finals, with the winning goal courtesy of Borussia Dortmund forward Sebastian Haller.

In an interview with football.com, Mourinho conveyed his well wishes to both teams but leaned towards Nigeria as his favoured pick for the title. He cited his close relationship with Nigeria's coach, Jose Peseiro, whom he described as his "best friend in football."

Mourinho shared, "My best friend in football is in the final. The Nigerian coach is my best friend. He grew up with me and we studied together. We spent five years together every day. We left at the same time."

He emphasized the significance of the opportunity for Peseiro to make history, highlighting the potential for a Portuguese coach to claim victory in the African Cup for the first time.

The highly anticipated match is scheduled to kick off at 20:00 GMT.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Sports JournalistPage: SamuelEkowAmoasiAppiah

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