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AFCON: Super Eagles vs Ivory Coast, team preview, head-to-head, kick-off, venue

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to clash once again with the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire, this time in the highly anticipated final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, the continent’s premier football event.

Both teams have showcased impressive performances leading up to the final and are poised to give their all on the pitch in pursuit of adding the prestigious AFCON title to their trophy cabinets.

In their previous encounter during the group stage, Nigeria secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Cote D’Ivoire, courtesy of a penalty converted by captain William Troost-Ekong. 

While Nigeria advanced to the final with stronger opposition, Cote D’Ivoire’s renewed vigor and determination, fueled by their fortune in the tournament and backed by their passionate home fans, make them formidable contenders.

For the Elephants, the final presents an opportunity for revenge and the ultimate prize of the AFCON trophy, while for Nigeria, triumphing over hosts and neighbors Cote D’Ivoire on their home turf would be an epic achievement.

 

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Team News: Nigeria vs Cote D’Ivoire

Victor Osimhen, initially sidelined due to health issues, has been declared fit to lead Nigeria. Calvin Bassey, Moses Simon, and Ola Aina are all clear of bookings, while Simon Adingra and Haller are in top form for Cote D’Ivoire. Additionally, Oumar Diakite, Odilon Kossounou, and Serge Aurier return from suspension for the Elephants.

 

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Head-to-Head: Nigeria vs Cote D’Ivoire

Nigeria has faced Ivory Coast six times, losing four matches. With nine wins each and ten draws, the final promises to be a fiercely contested battle.

 

Date, Kick-off Time, and Venue

The final showdown between Nigeria and Ivory Coast is scheduled for a 9:00 PM Nigerian time kick-off on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.

 

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