Nigeria vs Bafana Bafana: Segun Odegbami Claims Nigeria Will Play Ivory Coast in AFCON 2023 Final

Nigeria vs Bafana Bafana: Segun Odegbami Claims Nigeria Will Play Ivory Coast in AFCON 2023 Final

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at February 5, 2024 at 9:19 AM
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  • Nigeria's final obstacle in their pathway to the AFCON 2023 final is South Africa
  • Bafana Bafana are in the semis thanks to four penalty saves from Ronwen Williams
  • Former Super Eagles captain Segun Odegbami believes they have one foot in the final

One supporter base is very confident going into Wednesday's final-four AFCON clashes.

Nigeria have built increasing momentum with each match while South Africa have flown under the radar, producing moments of individual brilliance when needed most.

Admirers of the Super Eagles can see only one result and one of their most famous sons is already preparing for a rematch of the tournament opener.

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Segun Odegbami stated the result of Nigeria's semi-final against Bafana Bafana is a formality and that the Super Eagles will be in the final. Photos: Paul Gilham and Peter Robinson.
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Former Super Eagles captain and unofficial ambassador of the nation's pride, Segun Odegbami has pinned his patriotic colours firmly to the mast.

Claiming he had tipped Nigeria from the outset, he said that many Nigerians were beginning to come around to what he had always known. Business Day quoted Odegbami, who stated:

"Many people thought I was just sounding off but they are seeing the light. We are beating South Africa and Ivory Coast will beat DRC. The stage is set for a classic match on February 11."

The 1980 AFCON winner was recently honoured with an award granted by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for his work promoting Nigeria during the Africa Cup of Nations.

In a letter received from the Director-General of the NOA, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, Odegbami was lauded for mentoring Nigerian students studying in Abdijan. Premium Times Nigeria quoted an extract from Issa-Onilu's letter, which read:

"You are a good example of the values of the 'Real Nigeria' spirit that the NOA is working tirelessly to promote among Nigerians.”

On Wednesday evening, a confident Nigeria square up to a Bafana Bafana team that looked almost out of gas against Cape Verde. Kickoff is at 17:00 in Abidjan.

Okocha shows love for Kaizer Chiefs

Sports Brief recently reported on a bonding over the Amakhosi when Jay-Jay Okocha met Siphiwe Tshabalala.

The Nigerian legend expressed his love for 'Shabba's' former club, Kaizer Chiefs, throwing up the peace sign.

The pair will be in the stands when Nigeria and South Africa face off in the semi-final of the continental showpiece.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.