The Ivorian legend didn’t win the continental championship throughout his trophy-laden profession
Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has backed Nigeria to beat Cote d’Ivoire to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations title, Soccernet.ng studies.
Nigeria will go up in opposition to AFCON hosts Cote d’Ivoire within the ultimate of the competitors on the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan in a couple of hours.
Already, former Chelsea supervisor Jose Mourinho and ex-Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand have shown their support to Nigeria to beat the Ivorians.
Sturridge has additionally toed the identical path, confirming his selection in a video that has gone viral on social media.
The previous England worldwide admits that Cote d’Ivoire will supply stiff resistance to Nigeria. Nonetheless, he expects William Troost-Ekong, Ademola Lookman, and Victor Osimhen to encourage the Tremendous Eagles to victory.
Sturridge is aware of his selection of assist wouldn’t be pleasing to the ears of former Chelsea teammate, Didier Drogba.
Drogba and Sturridge had been collectively at Chelsea when the Blues gained their maiden UEFA Champions League honour in 2012.
Drogba has been Cote d’Ivoire’s greatest fan at this match, displaying as much as watch all their matches.
And Sturridge has despatched his apologies to the previous Africa Footballer of the Yr for backing Nigeria to safe a fourth continental trophy.
— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) February 11, 2024
Whereas Cote d’Ivoire have misplaced two video games on the AFCON, Nigeria are the one unbeaten group within the competitors, with one draw and 5 wins.
The Tremendous Eagles accounted for one of many Elephants’ defeats, with Troost-Ekong netting the essential decider when each groups met on matchday two on the identical stadium that can host the ultimate.