Nigeria will lock horns with Cote d’Ivoire at Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday.
This clash is one of the most unlikely any pundit would have predicted for the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Group A eventually produced the two finalists of this edition. Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire are set to rekindle their hostilities, with the tempo expected to be different from their previous meeting.
Super Eagles are in search of a fourth continental title. Their trophy credentials no longer need a further acid test. Nigeria have done justice their strength and determination by qualifying for the final in this edition.
However, they will come up against a battle-hardened Ivorian team, who will enjoy the backing of local supporters.
Cote d’Ivoire lost to Nigeria 1-0 when they met last in the group stage. It was an enthralling game, with both sides creating many goal chances. That game was led by the now-ousted coach J.L. Gasset but Sunday’s match will be handled by his assistant Emerst Fae, who has been phenomenal since taking charge of the hosts.
The Elephants silenced their critics when they defeated DR Congo 1-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday. The hosts were without four key players, including Odilon Kossounou and Oumar Diakite. They will now look to upset Nigeria, with star striker Sebastian Haller now back in full force – seemingly.