Didier Drogba, the former Ivorian international, asserts the formidable strength of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, accrediting their prowess to talents such as Victor Osimhen and other stars excelling in their respective clubs. This endorsement comes amid apprehensions surrounding Nigeria’s inconsistent performances in the lead-up to the 2023 AFCON, scheduled to take place in Ivory Coast—Drogba’s homeland—from January 13, 2024.
In analyzing Group A, comprising Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea Bissau, Drogba highlights the potential for surprises, particularly singling out Victor Osimhen, the 2023 CAF Player of the Year, as a pivotal player for the Super Eagles.
During an interview with BBC Africa Sports, Drogba recognize Nigeria as a formidable team, emphasizing the critical role of focus and unity for Ivory Coast to advance and contend for the African Cup of Nations title on home turf.
Drogba articulates, “Nigeria, with Victor Osimhen and all the players they have, is a big team. We mustn’t forget the other two teams because there are always surprises.” The football icon underscores the imperative for Ivory Coast to concentrate on their game, team dynamics, and strengths in order to progress in the competition.
Drogba called upon his compatriots to rally behind their team, aiming to secure the coveted trophy on home soil while acknowledging the potential challenges posed by the competition.
With a distinguished career that saw his participation in five AFCON competitions without clinching the trophy, Drogba anticipates celebrating a triumph from the stands as the best teams in Africa vie for the continent’s premier football accolade.
Notably, Victor Osimhen, vocal about Drogba’s influence on his career, expressed admiration for the Chelsea legend as his role model during the 2023 CAF award ceremony. The forthcoming AFCON group stage presents an intriguing clash as Osimhen faces Ivory Coast, led by his mentor Drogba.