A video has surfaced on social media showing Nigerian international Emmanuel Dennis and his Ivory Coast teammate at Watford, Vakoun Bayo, discussing the impending Africa Cup of Nations final between their respective countries.
Pulse Sports Nigeria reports that Dennis and Bayo will go from club colleagues to international rivals when the Super Eagles and Elephants lock horns in Sunday’s AFCON 2023 decider.
Dennis and Bayo on AFCON final
Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Cote d’Ivoire’s Elephants are the two animals left at the AFCON after two explosive semifinals.
The Super Eagles needed penalties to overcome South Africa after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes in the first match while Cote d’Ivoire saw off a stubborn Congo DR 1-0 in the second to book their tickets.
Ahead of that encounter, the Watford stars shared their thoughts on the massive continent-wide battle, with Dennis representing the Super Eagles while Bayo defended his Elephants.
“We will kill them,” Nigerian winger, Emmanuel, kicked off the rounds of banter between the duo.
But Bayo would have none of it as he replied to Dennis’ comment with “No, no chance,” in the video shared by the Championship club on Instagram.
With AFCON glory at stake, Dennis and Bayo will put their club camaraderie aside for 90 minutes at least as they hope for their nations to lift the trophy.
But the respect between the two was evident as both nations prepare to face off on the international stage.