Nigeria midfielder Raheem Lawal has predicted the Super Eagles will clash with perennial rivals Ghana in the final of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The former Atletico Beleares of Spain midfielder said Ghana have a team good enough to reach the final, so too Nigeria, who he will tip to go on and win the continental trophy.
“I see Nigeria and Ghana playing in the final of the Nations Cup in South Africa. Not that the other teams who will feature in the competition are not good, but both Ghana and Nigeria have an edge with us best to win it,” Lawal told MTNFootball.com
“I am also looking forward to play at the Nations Cup for the first time.
“I was so happy when we qualified and I will do my best to be in South Africa with the Eagles and contribute to the team’s success.”
Raheem Lawal said defending champions Zambia will be Nigeria’s biggest threat in the first round of the tournament.
“Zambia of course are the main threat because they are champions from last year and they are still very much intact,” he said.
“We therefore have to beware of them and take them seriously even though we cannot afford to look down on Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.”
The former Olympic international also told MTNFootball.com he was shocked Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi did not make the top five players to battle for the Africa Footballer of the Year Award.
“I was surprised when I saw the list. I don’t understand how CAF reached that conclusion because Mikel won the English FA Cup as well as the UEFA Champions League not as a bench warmer, but as a super regular. I think CAF need to tell us how they picked the final nominees,” he argued.
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