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Azubuike Egwueke was in the Super Eagles squad that won the 2013 African Cup of Nations held in South Africa

Former Super Eagles defender Azubuike Egwueke has recounted how he told his friends in Nigeria in 2013 not to bet on the team ahead of the AFCON quarterfinal clash against Ivory Coast.

At the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, Ivory Coast were the favourites to win the title due to the stars like Zokara, Eboue, Didier Drogba and Yayaha Toure they had in their squad.

Super Eagles did not have things rosy on their road into the the quarterfinal and Stephen Keshi and his squad were not rated going into the tie against the Ivorians.

According to the exclusive interview Azubuike Egwueke granted the Punch, the 32-year-old explained that he had already packed his bags ahead of the clash with Ivory Coast.

Azubuike Egwueke’s statement

”I already packed my bags and I told myself, ‘Today, Azubuike Egwuekwe is coming back home after this match.’ But 10 minutes after the game started, I told Chidozie Agbim that we were going to win the game because the only Ivoirian who was playing very tight football was Cheick Tiote.

”He was the only one playing tight, but Sunday Mba, Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi were playing very well. Anytime they had the ball, they would play. That’s why I told Chidozie that we were going to win, and we did.”

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