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Ghana will meet Nigeria in 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final, midfielder predicts

Published on: 02 December 2012

Nigeria midfielder Raheem Lawal has predicted the Super Eagles will clash with perennial rivals Ghana in the final of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The former Atletico Beleares of Spain midfielder said Ghana have a team good enough to reach the final, so too Nigeria, who he will tip to go on and win the continental trophy.

"I see Nigeria and Ghana playing in the final of the Nations Cup in South Africa. Not that the other teams who will feature in the competition are not good, but both Ghana and Nigeria have an edge with us best to win it,” Lawal told MTNFootball.com

"I am also looking forward to play at the Nations Cup for the first time.

“I was so happy when we qualified and I will do my best to be in South Africa with the Eagles and contribute to the team's success."

Raheem Lawal said defending champions Zambia will be Nigeria’s biggest threat in the first round of the tournament.

"Zambia of course are the main threat because they are champions from last year and they are still very much intact,” he said.

“We therefore have to beware of them and take them seriously even though we cannot afford to look down on Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.”

The former Olympic international also told MTNFootball.com he was shocked Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi did not make the top five players to battle for the Africa Footballer of the Year Award.

"I was surprised when I saw the list. I don't understand how CAF reached that conclusion because Mikel won the English FA Cup as well as the UEFA Champions League not as a bench warmer, but as a super regular. I think CAF need to tell us how they picked the final nominees,” he argued.

Do you agree with Raheem? Do you think Nigeria can reach the final with the prospect of them facing African champions Zambia or Ivory Coast? Make your views known in the box below: 

Comments

  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    December 03, 2012 07:50 am
    infact its funny wen i see dis congolese refugees n zambian herdsmen talkin abt football.hhahahaha u guyz ar only gud at fleeing frm rebels or suck cattle titties cos u a fuckin herdman
  • Nigeria Surely says:
    December 12, 2012 08:39 pm
    With the confederation's cup in three months after the completion of the CAF countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Tunisia, Cote de' ivore can't afford to lose to minors like Zambia, Congo, South Africa, etc.
  • Nigeria Surely says:
    December 12, 2012 08:33 pm
    All of you are just blabber-mouths and messimarisers. Trying to compare Zambia and Nigeria. Zambia is in on way a match to Nigeria and all of you know of it. The result was also made clear to you in the 2010 CAF. And where did you guys throw away countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Cote de' Ivore, Tunisia, who are also present in the tournament. Its totally obvious that this cup precedes the fifa intercontinental confederation cup so dont expect to see the performance of the team like the way they did back then in 2012. So the earlier you get it into your head that countries like Congo, Zambia, South Africa, do not stand a chance of winning the cup the better for you. I think it will do you good for me to brief you on the Nigerian squad that are going to be featured in next years CAF: 1. Vincent Enyeama(GK) 2. Joseph Yobo(C) 3. Taye Taiwo 4. Echiejile 5. Ogbobona 6. Ambrose 7. Mikel John Obi 8. Yakubu Ayebeni 9. Martins Obafemi 10. Ike Uche 11. Kalu Uche 12. Emenike 13. Victor Moses 14. Peter Osaze So now seeing all these players not including some names and also when we talk of players in the Ivorian side and Ghanian, wont the players of south africa, zambia, congo, etc be trembling.
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    December 03, 2012 03:04 pm
    Zambians of course are devils and that is what you should know if you are naive to it.
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    December 03, 2012 03:02 pm
    Zambia will loose all their matches in South Africa because no luck this time.They have infuriated the Black Stars and we not going to experiment you anymore.
  • Keage says:
    December 03, 2012 08:28 am
    Why can't some people just speak sense? Who do u think u are to thank God u are not a Zambian? Did satan/demons create Zambians?
  • Congoman says:
    December 03, 2012 08:24 am
    Look how these morons are behaving??.We talk football and they talk refugees and herdsmen??.And they also talking about the Olympics and the under 18 or under 16 tournament??. Some are even talking about the Champion league??. Geuss what?,TP MAZEMBE ALONE HAS WON 4 AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUES.More than all of Ghana clubs put together.Your hearts, kotoko, Bekerum and so on you SHIT BROV.
  • Ahhh says:
    December 03, 2012 12:39 am
    Dont't tell me you been depressed the past 31 years...otherwise you'll drop dead with depression.
  • Small talk says:
    December 03, 2012 12:34 am
    Under 25 tournaments don't count bro...we talking about the senior team where yu can field your grandpa if you please!
  • selfmade says:
    December 03, 2012 12:33 am
    Prohecy... mali with its golden generation of players could not win against us..... kanonute,diara,sissoko could shit against Ghana during the workshop qualifications and yet again during the group stage,when it matters most,their azz was busted open by two classic goals and were only able to beat depressed Ghana for the third and fourthfinals!! None of these two teams can beat us period and our last afcon group was tougher than this one!!! This is just kg cake for us!!! Viva therevolutionioooooooooo!!!!
  • Monrovia says:
    December 03, 2012 12:31 am
    Liberia 2 ghana 0.
  • Prophecy says:
    December 03, 2012 12:24 am
    Prepare to receive bs after 2weeks into the tourney cos Congo nd Mali are going through to the next round.
  • selfmade says:
    December 02, 2012 11:52 pm
    @ obbie...u fucking shitting dude!! Do u think serious football nations take your Zambia serious huh!! Yoo son,go find some clear water to washed your zombian brains because it is has being fucked top by the aids pills!!! Maybe the aids virus has deteriorated to yellow fever too and therefore making u see or hallucinating!!! Nobody take your zambian serious in africa though u African champions!! Sudan beat your ass fair and square and u could only qualified to the afcon in south Africa through the luck of penalty!!! A serious football nation doesn't required penalty to qualified to a major competition in which u were champions a few months ago!!! Have u asked yourself why still people question your competence though u are afcon champions!! People still considered u guys as minnows which only won the afcon only by sheer luck!!! As i said early,ghana,cameroon and Nigeria are true giants of African football and there is no questions about it!!! The world over recognised these three countries as the fulcrum or pillars of African football!! Ghana has won the fifa under 20 tournament,won the fifa under 17 tournament and then has topped up by winning the Olympic bronze medal in football,the first by any African country!! On the African stage,i need not to remind u of the numerous feats by Ghana be it in caf afcon or the champions league and the confederation cup!! Ghana has won both the old version of the African cup and the new version which is the champions league! Kotoko has won this cut two times and hearts has won the new champion league too! Both hearts and kotoko made history by being the first two clubs from the same country to be in the finals in the maiden edition!! From caf under 17,20 to the all afrcian games,Ghana has won the ultimate there too!! Two times African under 17 champions,three times african 20 champions better only by Nigeria's five times and Ghana has being to the finals of afcon by seven unprecedented times winning four out seven.. has made 18 appearances at the afcon and if u care to know,Ghana is now the most successful Africa team in the worldcup!!! Second round exit at its maiden appearance and then scintillating quarter finals at it only second appearance!! No other African national team has this awesone records at the worldcup!!! Four times Africa best player award( sunday,razak,pele) and Ghana now has the highest recipient of the bbc award than any africa country( essien,asamaoh,dede) ..... asante kotoko was voted second Africa team of the century behind ahly!!!! Dude,there are thousands of laurels Ghana has chalked that ll take three centuries for any southern African country to equal let alone come even close!! Tony yeboah was two times goal king in the bundesliga and abedi pele was voted Marseille player of the century beating the likes of cantona,papin,bole etc and of course Ghana was the first African country to export football talent to Europe dude!!! Ghana again has such a quality and deft in talent that,most of players born outside always almost find their way into most respected European national teams ie odonkor,gerard asamoah,ballotelli( Italy most talented), jerome boateng,marcel desailly , that man u gem etc..... the last time i checked Zambia and congo has zero representation at such elite European national team and is not because they don't have them but the European teams don't like them in their team because they lack quality and talent!!! All their play are mechanical!!! There is no way a team like Zambia,which has only only professional player in the epl with a bottom placed club,can come near the reputation of the almighty,awe-inspiring,the iconic black stars of afrcia!!! God bless the person who named the national team,the black stars!!!! It doesn't just take one fluke afcon cup to be considered a giant or powerhouse in africa!!! Zambia is nothing special to us ghanaians and is just a matter of counting or time when we ll spank,kick and totally annihilate your small time azzs because it isn't all that big!!!! South africa,Burkina,togo,benin etc were once a threat but we have put them in their respective places !!!!!!! Viva the revolutioncioooooo!!!!!
  • Whisle says:
    December 02, 2012 11:47 pm
    And watch-out cos Congo are coming with a big stick for your ass,Mali also want a double in the past 14 months ..watch out giant of yap yap!
  • come on says:
    December 02, 2012 11:37 pm
    I bet you have never witnessed your so called bs winning AFCON and here you are blah blah blah...come out of the diaspora youngman.@selfmade punk in the bronx!!
  • Congole says:
    December 02, 2012 11:29 pm
    Young man come out of the diaspora that way you'll be able to understand African football.Congo will upset the form book and beat BS and you will start blaming all the coaches including Le Roy Claude!!
  • kantoose says:
    December 02, 2012 10:00 pm
    LOOK ZAMBIA IS FINISHED. YOU PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHAT TRUE AFRICAN FOOTBALL IS LIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA. WHERE TEAMS WILL HAVE THE PEACE OF MIND AND TRANQUILIY TO COMPETE! NOT THAT WAR TORN ANGOLA WHERE MOST COUNTRIES PLAYERS WERE SECRETLY AFRAID TO PLAY BUT ZAMBIA WAS USED TO CHAOS SO THEY PLAY WELL. WE WILL SEND YOU BACK TO OBLIVION WHERE YOU BELONG.IF YOU WANT TO SIT AT THE TABLE OF AFRICAN ELITE FOOTBALL COUNTRIES SHUT UP AND WORK FOR IT! YOU ARE NOWHERE THERE YET! I AM GHANAIAN AND I CAN TELL YOU NIGERIA NO BE SMALL TEAM. WE LAUGH AT THEM THAT THEY ARE SUPER CHICKENS BUT DON'T THINK THEY ARE EASY TO PLAY AGAINST EXCEPT THAT GHANA MAKE THEM LOOK LIKE SUPER CHICKENS. NIGERAI WILL DEMOLISH ZAMBIA. ZAMBIA WILL BE LUCKY TO SNEAK OUT OF THE GROUPS AT SECOND PLACE. AFRICAN CHAMPIONS THAT LOSE TO SUDAN IN THE SAME YEAR AND LOSE TO UGANDA ONLY TO QUALIFY AGAIN ON PENALTIES. LUCKY BASTARDS!
  • kantoose says:
    December 02, 2012 10:05 pm
    LOOK ZAMBIA IS FINISHED. YOU PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHAT TRUE AFRICAN FOOTBALL IS LIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA. WHERE TEAMS WILL HAVE THE PEACE OF MIND AND TRANQUILIY TO COMPETE! NOT THAT WAR TORN ANGOLA WHERE MOST COUNTRIES PLAYERS WERE SECRETLY AFRAID TO PLAY BUT ZAMBIA WAS USED TO CHAOS SO THEY PLAY WELL EVEN AFTER TOGO TEAM WAS GUNNED WITH BULLETS. WE WILL SEND YOU BACK TO OBLIVION WHERE YOU BELONG.IF YOU WANT TO SIT AT THE TABLE OF AFRICAN ELITE FOOTBALL COUNTRIES SHUT UP AND WORK FOR IT! YOU ARE NOWHERE THERE YET! I AM GHANAIAN AND I CAN TELL YOU NIGERIA NO BE SMALL TEAM. WE LAUGH AT THEM THAT THEY ARE SUPER CHICKENS BUT DON'T THINK THEY ARE EASY TO PLAY AGAINST EXCEPT THAT GHANA MAKE THEM LOOK LIKE SUPER CHICKENS. NIGERAI WILL DEMOLISH ZAMBIA. ZAMBIA WILL BE LUCKY TO SNEAK OUT OF THE GROUPS AT SECOND PLACE. AFRICAN CHAMPIONS THAT LOSE TO SUDAN IN THE SAME YEAR AND LOSE TO UGANDA ONLY TO QUALIFY AGAIN ON PENALTIES. LUCKY BASTARDS! ON ANOTHER NOTE I DONT KNOW WHY CAF WILL TAKE AFCON TO DANGEROUS COUNTRIES LIKE ANGOLA, NEXT TIME I BET IT WILL BE IN UGANDA. WHEN THE COUNTRIES REFUSE TO PLAY THEN YOU SANCTION THEM. NINCOMPOOP CAF!
  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    December 02, 2012 05:08 pm
    hahaha it jux hurts alot wen i see congo n zambia fans brag.where were all dis teams wen ghana was buildin a football team?congo was busy at war fytin n killin dier selfs lyk savages.zambia was also busy fuckin lyk rabbits widaut condoms so HIV is killin em lyk dogs.man get da fuq outta my face bantu modafuqa
  • Congoman says:
    December 02, 2012 05:17 pm
    @ Obbie, You said it all brother!!. Your comment has made my day today!!!!. Lool. And your comment is a prophecy, and it gonna be as you said. Normally the leopards should play the Chipolopolo in that finale... whether these BIG mouths like it or not. And what revolution is this brother from Ghana chatting about????.
  • BLOW says:
    December 02, 2012 05:41 pm
    Thank you
  • JOBURG says:
    December 02, 2012 04:19 pm
    Gentlemen AFCON is no joke...only a fool underrates another in this tournament.Good preparations and team cohesion are the 2 secrets to reach the last 4 n the rest becomes a question of who really wants it the most.
  • Obbie says:
    December 02, 2012 05:03 pm
    continue being self made. Congo and Zambia are underdogs yes but we beat those who think are upperdogs and we shall do it again in SA. Congo is first to hammer u in groups and we my Chipolopolo will finish u in semis. We have never been underdogs to Ghana anyway. You mouth will stop vomiting the next 7 week. your average BS team is nothing to us.
  • Congoman says:
    December 02, 2012 02:08 pm
    HAHAHAHAHA. Yes Everybody has the right to dream.But day dreaming is not a good thing. Nigeria Super Eagle is a finished product which even Ethiopia is looking forward to whipping them. Let alone Zambia?. I don't see this Nigeria team go past the first ROUND. They will pack up in group stages like they did 2 years ago in the same country. South Africa. There are no longer the Big guns or under-dogs in Africa football, any team can whip any team. Lawal need to ask the Egypt national team what happened to them??????.
  • Obbie says:
    December 02, 2012 02:05 pm
    This clap is just dreaming, when he wakes up he will find our Zambia playing I.Coast in the final. Most Nigerian players will be playing Afcon the first time hence dreaming like that. When you meet Sunzu, katongo, Kalaba, Mweene you will know what Afcon is shaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
  • selfmade says:
    December 02, 2012 03:47 pm
    @ congoman.... u simply ridiculous man!! Just continue to dream that there are no minnows in football and i know perfectly well that dr congo just like zambia are innate breed minnows!! These teams sometimes popped up to flex their little ass muscles and then swing back into total oblivion!! Do u think,fans are scared of your Congo and zambia!!! Son,those two names don't scared nobody and is better u faced the fact and reality rather than behaving as an ostrich burying your head in the kinshasha sand!!! Comeon man,Zambia are afcon champs but u know they don't scared nobody even sudan!!! Football pedigree,credibility and respect are not won by just one or two cups but consistent performances over a long period of time and the last time i checked,zambia and congo has not won any prestigious fifa tournament!!! Teams like Ghana,nigeria and cameroon are true African football superpowers because they have placed Africa in the football map period and u better believe or deny,noone gives a fuck!!! Viva the revolutionciiooooooooo!!!
  • Anyin Greg. says:
    February 06, 2013 08:14 am
    Raheem Lawal, your prediction is a step closer to coming to pass.