Obi fires warning at Elephants

John Mikel Obi
John Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi has warned Ivory Coast not to write off Nigeria ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash on Sunday.

The Super Eagles needed two late penalties from Victor Moses to overcome Ethiopia 2-0 and book their last eight place on Tuesday.

However, as they finished second behind Group C winners Burkina Faso, their reward is a meeting with the Elephants.

Obi believes Nigeria can prove their doubters wrong by beating the Ivorians.

"Playing against Ivory Coast is going to be both tough and exciting and some of our opponents are my friends, especially Didier Drogba," said the 25-year-old Chelsea star.

"People who write off Nigeria do so at their peril. This is a knock-out match that we can definitely win.

"The media keep reminding us that Ivory Coast are unbeatable - we shall see.

"Ethiopia was a do-or-die game for us and we did really well, especially in the second half.

"Having conceded late equalisers against Burkina Faso and Zambia, we told the defence to improve their concentration and they did."

Ivory Coast hold a slight edge over Nigeria at Cup of Nations tournament clashes, winning two and losing one of five meetings that produced a meagre seven goals.

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