A former Roma coach, Jose Mourinho, has said that his compatriot, Jose Peseiro, has the opportunity to make history with the Nigerian Super Eagles at the AFCON 2023 tournament held in Ivory Coast.
“Jose (Peseiro), my big friend, and for him a huge opportunity to make history because never has a Portuguese coach won the African Cup,” Mourinho said in an interview with FIVEUK shared on X handle on Sunday.
”My best friend in football is in the final. The Nigerian coach is my best friend. He grew up with me. We studied together.
”We went to university on the same day. We spent five years together every day. We left at the same time. He is probably my biggest friend in football.
The titanic clash starts at 2000 GMT at the Ebimpe Olympic Stadium on the outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s economic capital, the venue where Nigeria defeated the tournament hosts 1-0 during the group stage.
Eleven years after they were last crowned continental champions, Nigeria are aiming to win their fourth title and in doing so match the tally of old rivals Ghana — only Egypt with seven, and Cameroon with five, have won the Cup of Nations more often.
Ivory Coast, meanwhile, will match Nigeria on three titles if they emerge victorious at the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2015.