Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi believes thatNigeria has a great chance of winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations under coach Stephen Keshi.
Nigeria’s 2013 Afcon campaign kicks off with a Group C clash againstBurkina Fasoon January 21.
In a chat with the Fifa website Obi says that he picksNigeriato win the tournament on February 10.
“GhanaandIvory Coastwill also be up there, but teams likeCape VerdeandZambiacould pose major threats.
“IfCape Verdecould stopCameroon, they must have qualities to do so. They therefore need to be taken seriously,” he tells the Fifa site.
The Nigerian midfielder, who is in Japan with his Chelsea teammates to take place in the Fifa Club World Cup tournament, believes that if Nigeria play as a team it will be tough to stop them winning the Afcon trophy for a third time.
“We need to prepare well, be focused and take all opponents very seriously. We also need to play as a team.
“If it is individual qualities, we have that in abundance. Coach Stephen Keshi has already won this tournament as a player, and I believe he can make history by winning it again as a coach,” Obi adds.
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