AFCON 2013: Ivory Coast v Nigeria Preview

By IndepthAfrica
In 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Feb 3rd, 2013
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_65605885_ivoryThe likes of Boubacar Barry, Yaya Toure and Gervinho are expected to return after being rested against Algeria.

Nigeria’s Fedor Ogude is suspended but John Mikel Obi can play after it was confirmed he has been booked only once.

Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo is still not fully fit after picking up a knock in the first group match.

Ivory Coast Sabri Lamouchi:

“We’re into “money time,” you could say, there is no room for error, especially because we’re facing a very good Nigeria side, the slightest error can be very costly.

“If you win, you continue the adventure; if you don’t you have to go home so it’s effectively a whole new tournament starting from now.”

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi:

“I’m not under any pressure but I’m under Stephen Keshi’s pressure, to do well for Nigerians. Any outside pressure does not exist with me. But I have my own targets and goals I want to achieve. Now if you want to call that pressure, that’s pressure.

“We have our confidence. Nigerians have decided we are failures already but we will come out and show something quality about our game on Sunday.”

AFCON 2013: Ivory Coast v Nigeria

Ivory Coast have no injury problems but a fair few selection dilemmas, not least whether to start with Didier Drogba or Lacina Traore up front.

Storified by Indepth Africa· Sun, Feb 03 2013 02:30:13

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