May 24, 2024

The former Nigerian international thinks that playing in front of thousands of fellow countrymen gives the Ivorians the advantage even though he knows that anything can happen in football.

Today (Thursday, January 18) at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, the Super Eagles take on Nigeria. Goalie Daniel Akpeyi has projected a Cote d’Ivoire victory, according to Soccernet.ng.The hosts Cote d’Ivoire are gaining momentum as they trade blows with three-time winners Nigeria in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in the opening game.In their opening game of the competition, the Super Eagles struggled to a depressing 1-1 draw with humble Equatorial Guinea.

Considering that Cote d’Ivoire is playing at home, Akpeyi thinks that a win is the most likely result. A win would give the Ivorians six points and a spot in the AFCO knockout phase.But the goalie for the Moroka Swallows concedes that the Super Eagles have what it takes to surprise the hosts and win the competition for the first time.

Ivory Coast will be a formidable opponent in this encounterhosts to secure their first victory in the competition.According to Sowetan Live, Akpeyi stated, “It’s going to be a tough game against Ivory Coast as they are the host country.”

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Since the hosts will have a lot of fans at the stadium, I’m handing it to them, but as we all know, football is unpredictable.

“I remember that in 2019, Bafana upset Egypt as the hosts, so they can upset Ivory Coast if Nigeria plays.”19-cap Nigerian player Akpeyi was discussed while head coach Jose Peseiro was seeking substitutes for goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.Ultimately, Peseiro had to settle for Stanley Nwabali, the goalkeeper for Chippa United.Against Equatorial Guinea, Nwabali made his debut for Nigeria in a competitive game.

Against the Ivorians, the 28-year-old will try to preserve his maiden clean sheet as a Super Eagle.

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