Nigeria vs Ivory Coast – AFCON 2023 Final Showdown: Battle for Glory

Battle for Glory: Nigeria vs Ivory Coast – The stage is set for an epic showdown as hosts Ivory Coast aim for their third AFCON title, while Nigeria eyes their fourth. Prior to the big game, here’s what you should know

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast:

Nigeria faces Ivory Coast in the final at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday. The Super Eagles previously defeated the hosts 1-0 in the group stage.


Ivory Coast’s Journey:
The Elephants (“Elephants” refers to the Ivory Coast national football team. ) faced early elimination after losing to Equatorial Guinea in the final group-stage match. However, they reunit, making key changes under interim coach Emerse Fae, and displayed impressive resilience to reach the final.


Nigeria’s Strengths:
Nigeria’s star striker, Osimhen, has been lauded for his work rate despite not finding the net often in this tournament. Lookman and Troost-Ekong have also been central players, contributing crucial goals and leadership on the field.

Key Players for Ivory Coast:
Haller, Adingra, and Kessie are key players to watch for Ivory Coast. Haller’s return from injury has boosted the team, while Adingra’s flair and Kessie’s midfield prowess add depth to the Elephants’ lineup.


Prize Money:
The stakes are high, with the champions set to receive $7 million and the runners-up $4 million in prize money.

Head-to-Head Record:
Nigeria and Ivory Coast have a closely contested history, with Ivory Coast winning 6 out of their 12 matchups, while Nigeria has won 4, with 2 draws.

Team News:
Both teams are dealing with minor injury concerns, with Osimhen’s abdominal complaint and Sanusi’s hamstring injury being monitored for Nigeria. Ivory Coast welcomes back Kossounou and Diakire from suspension, boosting their defensive lineup.


Predicted Lineups:
Nigeria’s predicted starting XI includes Nwabali, Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey, Osayi-Samuel, Onyeka, Iwobi, Aina, Simon, Osimhen, and Lookman. Ivory Coast is expected to field Fofana, Singo, Kossounou, Ndicka, Konan, Kessié, Seri, Fofana, Gradel, Haller, and Adingra.

As the excitement builds for the final, football fans worldwide eagerly anticipate what promises to be a thrilling clash between two African football giants.

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