A three-time world boxing champion Azumah Nelson said one of his wishes is to see Nigeria falling against Mali in the semi-final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations whiles Ghana advance on Wednesday.
The former two-time WBC Super Featherweight Champion is optimistic Ghana will beat Burkina Faso, but was quick to add that it will require a great deal of effort from the players.
Nelson observed the Super Eagles have been tough opponents in previous fixtures against the Black Stars and avoiding them in the final could pave way for the four-time African champions to annex the trophy after 31 years of waiting.
“I really want Ghana to meet Mali again because we beat them at the group stages,” the former WBC featherweight champion told Goal.com Ghana. “Honestly, I am afraid of the Nigerians. Most often they beat us, so I’m hoping they lose so that we face the Malians.”
The 54-year-old boxing legend, who is popularly known as the ‘Professor’, is, however, calling on the Black Stars to respect their opponents as they meet on Wednesday evening in Nelspruit, South Africa for a final place.
“I am praying that Ghana should win the cup. We need favour from God. But God helps those who help themselves. If we go into the game underrating the Burkinabes then we’re going to lose.
“We should forget that we are superior. Football has changed and everybody knows how to play now. It won’t be easy, but with the sort of encouragement the boys are receiving I have no doubt we’ll make it to the final,” the retired boxer said.
Nelson had a record of 39 wins, six losses and two draws, with 28 knockout wins.