Afcon: Mikel warns Eagles

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By Tony  Ubani
Chelsea forward John Obi Mikel has warned his Eagles teammate reckons Nigeria should nott fear Ivory Coast ahead of Sunday’s epic quarter-final clash, with team-mate Emmanuel Emenike in agreement.

The Super Eagles face the Elephants at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday, Cote d’Ivoire having already secured their spot in the last-eight with a match to spare.

Nigeria's Team Photo Front Row: L-R: Midfielder Victor Moses, Forward Sunday Mba, Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama,  Forward Ikechukwu Uche,  Defender Godfrey Oboabona. Back row L-R: Midfielder John Obi Mikel, Defender Kenneth Omeruo,Defender Efe Ambrose,  Forward Emmanuel Emenike, Defender Elderson Echiejile, Forward Emmanuel Emenike,   during a 2013 African Cup of Nations Group C match in Rustenburg on January 29, 2013 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. AFP PHOTO

Nigeria’s Team Photo Front Row: L-R: Midfielder Victor Moses, Forward Sunday Mba, Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, Forward Ikechukwu Uche, Defender Godfrey Oboabona. Back row L-R: Midfielder John Obi Mikel, Defender Kenneth Omeruo,Defender Efe Ambrose, Forward Emmanuel Emenike, Defender Elderson Echiejile, Forward Emmanuel Emenike, during a 2013 African Cup of Nations Group C match in Rustenburg on January 29, 2013 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. AFP PHOTO

The perennial AFCON favourites lost out to Zambia in last year’s final, but unlike the ousted champions, Sabri Lamouchi’s team have looked a potent unit in 2013.

Mikel, who counts Ivory Coast duo Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou as former Chelsea team-mates, insists there will be no love-lost come the weekend’s crunch encounter.

“We hope to go past Cote d’Ivoire and make it to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations,” Mikel said in Rustenburg

“The coach demands 110 percent for us at all times and on Sunday against Cote d’Ivoire, we will give 110 percent.”

Emenike added: “We are not afraid of them. We respect them but why should we be afraid of them?

“This is football and no team is too big and we are very positive we will win on Sunday.”

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