Victor Moses’ Key Role in Nigeria’s 2013 AFCON Victory
Former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, has expressed his appreciation for Victor Moses’ significant contribution to Nigeria’s triumph in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in South Africa in 2013.
Mikel Obi and Victor Moses were prominent figures in Nigeria’s squad during the 2013 AFCON.
Mikel Obi and Victor Moses shared their professional careers at Chelsea from 2012 to 2016.
Victor Moses made his debut for the Nigerian national team during this period, while Mikel Obi was among the senior players in the Super Eagles.
Notably, Victor Moses initially represented England’s under-21 team before committing to the Nigerian national team in 2012.
Just a year later, he played a pivotal role in Nigeria’s victory, securing their third AFCON title in South Africa.
During the 2013 AFCON, Victor Moses faced injuries that limited his playing time.
Nevertheless, he made a significant impact by scoring crucial goals, particularly in the group stage match against Ethiopia, where his brace ensured Nigeria’s progression to the knockout rounds.
In the semifinal, Moses showcased his skill and prowess, tormenting Mali’s defense.
His stellar performances earned him a well-deserved spot in the tournament’s best XI.
In a recent interview with CAFonline, Mikel Obi, who retired from professional football in 2022, expressed his admiration for Victor Moses.
He described Moses as the best player he ever played alongside in the national team and credited the winger for their success in the 2013 AFCON.
Mikel emphasized the massive role played by Victor Moses, which greatly contributed to their victory in the tournament.
Looking ahead to the 2023 AFCON set to take place in Ivory Coast in January, Mikel Obi expressed confidence in the Super Eagles’ chances.
He asserted that Nigeria, historically a strong team in African football, is considered a favorite for the tournament, despite the presence of tough competitors in their group, including Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and tournament hosts Ivory Coast.
Moses’ exceptional contributions, particularly his ability to make a difference in critical matches, are praised.
Mikel’s confidence in Nigeria’s chances in the upcoming 2023 AFCON reflects the nation’s footballing legacy and its status as a perennial favorite in African football tournaments.