Former Ivory Coast coach Jean-Louis Gasset has given two reasons why Nigeria’s Super Eagles are favourite to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations ahead of the host nation.
The Super Eagles will tackle Ivory Coast in Sunday’s AFCON final at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan.
Jose Peseiro’s men had beaten Ivory Coast 1-0 during the group stages.
However, Gasset who was dismissed by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) following the Elephants’ 4-0 defeat against Equatorial Guinea in their final Group A game, believes Nigeria are favourite against his former team because they have Victor Osimhen and also are higher ranked in Africa.
Speaking to L’Equipe via Ouest France, Gasset said: “Ivory Coast are not favorites because Nigeria are higher ranked in Africa and have Osimhen, the best African Player of the Year.
“My departure brought peace. I am proud of the Elephants, happy.”