Nigerian star midfielder John Obi Mikel points out that they have a better record than the Elephants, before they face Ivory Coast in the 2013 Afcon quarterfinal on Sunday
Nigeria will face Ivory Coast in arguably the biggest neutral match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, taking place at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday.
Goal.com caught up with Chelsea midfielder Mikel, who's been exchanging banter with his former teammates Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou for this do-or-die encounter.
“Well, it will be lovely to play against my former mates from Chelsea. Drogba has always lifted Ivory Coast and no doubt he will want to continue with that against Nigeria,” Mikel told Goal.com.
“It is going to be a tough game for both teams but I think we have had a better run against Ivory Coast in recent years, and that should be a motivating factor for all Nigerians,” he said.
The two nations Nigeria and Ivory Coast will be meeting for the third time in the Afcon. In the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals in Egypt, Nigeria won 1-0. Then in the group stages of the 2008 Afcon, Nigeria also won 1-0 when the tournament was hosted by Ghana.