“They Have a Real Chance": Chelsea Legend, Kalou, Predicts Winner of AFCON 2023

“They Have a Real Chance": Chelsea Legend, Kalou, Predicts Winner of AFCON 2023

  • With Africa's best teams battling for supremacy, AFCON has become a focal point for football stakeholders
  • Among them is legendary African athlete, Salomon Kalou, who predicted the winner of the 34th edition of AFCON
  • According to Kalou, Côte d'Ivoire are now the favourites to lift the ongoing 2023 AFCON

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Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - Former Chelsea star, Salomon Kalou, has tipped the Elephants of Côte d'Ivoire to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023.

Legit.ng reports that Kalou is a former Chelsea and Côte d'Ivoire forward.

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Teams like Côte d'Ivoire, DR Congo, and Nigeria are still in AFCON 2023. Photo credit: Visionhaus
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Speaking with reporters in Abidjan on Wednesday, January 31, during CAF’s Kick and Learn programme, Kalou said his country, the host nation, have no excuse anymore.

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Premium Times quoted Kalou as saying:

“We have a great chance. We beat the defending champions, Senegal. So, I believe they have a real chance to go far.
"I always said that when the team wasn’t performing well, it was the coach’s fault. Now, we don’t have that excuse anymore.
"The old coach is gone, there’s a new one in charge, and the players have responded well and shown their quality.”

Kalou added:

“What they did against Senegal was amazing. They showed great character after conceding that early goal. Most people didn’t expect them to win, but they did. I know the game against Mali will be tougher, but I hope they can progress and move on.”

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Legit.ng reports that Côte d'Ivoire will play Mali in the last eight on Saturday, February 3.

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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