Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Mikel Tips Eagles for Nations Cup

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi believes that Nigeria has a great chance of winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations under coach Stephen Keshi.

Nigeria's 2013 Afcon campaign kicks off with a Group C clash against Burkina Fasoon January 21. In a chat with the Fifa website Obi says that he picks Nigeria to win the tournament on February 10.

"Ghana and Ivory Coast twill also be up there, but teams like Cape Verde and Zambia could pose major threats.

"If Cape Verde could stop Cameroon, they must have qualities to do so. They therefore need to be taken seriously," he tells the Fifa site.

The Nigerian midfielder, who is in Japan with his Chelsea teammates to take place in the Fifa Club World Cup tournament, believes that if Nigeria play as a team it will be tough to stop them winning the Afcon trophy for a third time.

"We need to prepare well, be focused and take all opponents very seriously. We also need to play as a team.

"If it is individual qualities, we have that in abundance. Coach Stephen Keshi has already won this tournament as a player, and I believe he can make history by winning it again as a coach," Obi adds.

HOME BASED PLAYERS

GOALKEEPERS

Agbim Chigozie -- Enugu Rangers FC

Akpeyi Daniel -- Heartland

Femi Thomas -- Enyimba

DEFENDERS

Oboabona Godfrey -- Sunshine Stars FC Egwuekwe Azubuike -- Warri Wolves FC

Zango Umar -- Kano Pillars FC

Benjamin Francis --

Heartland FC

Papa Idris -- Kano Pillars FC

Kwmbe Solomon -- Sunshine Stars FC

Kalu Orji -- HeartlandFC

MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS

Uzoenyi Ejike -- Rangers FC

Mba Sunday -- Rangers FC

Sunday Chinedu -- Rangers FC

Henry Uche -- Enyimba FC

Oduku Gomo -- Sharks FC

Ubale Mannir -- Kano Pillars FC

Reuben Gariel -- Kano Pillars FC

Asuquo Philip -- 3SC FC

Emeka Ezeh -- Rangers FC

Pius Samson -- Ranchers Bees FC

Gambo Mohammed -- Kano Pillars FC

Bunde Moses -- Lobi Stars FC

Anthony Okputu -- Lobi Stars FC

FOREIGN BASED

Fegor Ogude Valerenga FC Norway

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