Cote d’Ivoire head coach, Jean-Louis Gasset says he has huge respect for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The former champions will clash at the Alhassan Quattara Stadium on January 18.
Gasset accepted that both the Elephants and Super Eagles are not that strong again but warned his side must still be careful of their fellow West Africans.
“I would have loved it to be the last. They say the Elephants are no longer as great as they were; I see the same for Nigeria, too.
“Back in the day, the Super Eagles were phenomenal, but things have changed. However, they remain a solid side and could destroy any team in the competition, so you have to be careful.”