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The former Super Eagles captain said that the Nigerians are in prime position to defeat the Malians in Wednesday’s semi final encounter in Durban after bundling out the Ivorians

Former Nigeria captain Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has told Goal.com the Nigerian team is in the their best element to achieve victory against their Africa Cup of Nations semi finals opponent Mali when they engage in an epic battle at the Moses Mabhida Stadium,  Durban on Wednesday.

Okocha who was excited about the emphatic 2-1 victory of the Eagles over the Elephants of Cote D’ Ivoire in the quarter final match decided at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on Sunday has tipped Nigeria to beat Mali and move to the final of the Afcon.

“First I don’t think words can express the way I feel right now. I feel happy and I am proud of these boys for the way they played in the match and the result too. If we play this way against Mali in Durban on Wednesday, we won’t have any problems against Mali,” Okocha told Goal.com.

“I think it’s the name Cote D’Ivoire that really motivated the Eagles to win the match.  I think people have already written them off and you know when you are pushed to the wall you can only attack. So the Nigerian team had nothing to lose and came back to prove people wrong and I am glad that they did a good job against the Ivorian team.

“Right now we have a very bright chance against Mali, if we could beat Cote D’Ivoire the tournament is wide open now,” Okocha observed.

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