By Wale Mustapha
Former Nigeria captain, Joseph Yobo has disclosed what the team need to win the 2023 African Cup of Nations, AFCON coming up in January in Ivory Coast.
The Super Eagles who have won the tournament three times in 1980, 1994 and 2013 will be aiming for their fourth title when the competition kick off in few weeks.
Yobo who led the team to their last victory a decade ago in South Aftycab has been speaking about the ingredients needed in Super Eagles to achieve the set goals of lifting the trophy.
While admitting that the country is blessed with rich and exceptional players, the former Everton defender believed talents alone will not be enough to win a tournament but with a team spirit and renewed commitment.
“You can have talent, talent push you to a certain level, but teamwork and intelligence make you win the championship,” Yobo told media.
“Basically, talent makes you win the game, but teamwork and intelligence make you win the championship.
“We’re talking about championship here not just about one game. I remember the NFF president has spoke about the game on Thursday, that’s just one game; it’s like a marathon.
“It’s a qualifying round; it’s not a knockout game. So what happened yesterday, like he rightly said, I think it was good for the morale of the players to understand that we can’t make any further mistakes from this point, but it wasn’t a bad game.”
Nigeria will kick start the AFCON campaign on January 14th with a match against Equatorial Guinea at the Alhassan Quattara Stadium, Ebimpe.