Okocha Visits Super Eagles' Camp, Motivates Players Ahead of Ivory Coast Game

Okocha Visits Super Eagles' Camp, Motivates Players Ahead of Ivory Coast Game

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at January 18, 2024 at 8:41 AM
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  • Jay-Jay Okocha has boosted the morale of the Super Eagles players
  • The Nigerian legend visited the team’s training camp on Wednesday
  • Nigeria will take on Ivory Coast in a must-win match on Thursday

The Super Eagles are set for their most challenging Group A game against hosts Ivory Coast, and the team has received the right motivation for the encounter from legend, Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha.

The Elephants and the Super Eagles are scheduled to lock horns on Thursday, January 18, at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in one of the highly anticipated fixtures of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

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The Super Eagles must avoid defeat against Ivory Coast to keep their hopes of reaching the AFCON round of 16 alive. Photo by Visionhaus.
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According to GOAL, a win for Ivory Coast will seal their place in the knockout phase and put Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the Round of 16 in jeopardy after the Super Eagles drew their first game.

Ahead of the blockbuster game against the Elephants, Okocha visited the Super Eagles camp to motivate the players for the crunch Group A encounter.

The Super Eagles and Ivory Coast are regarded as two of the favourites to win the AFCON owing to the quality of their squads.

Ivory Coast coach weary of Nigeria

Meanwhile, Jean-Louis Gasset reckoned Ivory Coast will be up against a tough Super Eagles side in their Group B fixture at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Complete Sports reports.

The Ivory Coast manager believes the three-time AFCON winners will be a tough nut to crack for his side despite their slow start to the competition after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Equatorial Guinea in their opening game.

Ivory Coast will seal a place in the knockouts if they earn victory against the Super Eagles when both teams clash on Thursday at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium.

Okocha predicts Ivory Coast match

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigeria legend, Jay-Jay Okocha, has previewed the Super Eagles versus Ivory Coast match and listed three key factors that could decide the game.

Nigeria is under pressure to bounce back from their draw with Equatorial Guinea. As a result, a loss might be terrible for the three-time AFCON champions.

Okocha believes the key to determining the winner of the crunch encounter between Ivory Coast and Nigeria will be experience, desire and the state of mind of the players.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..