Africa came to a standstill on Sunday evening when Nigeria and Ivory Coast met in the 2023 Afcon final at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé.
Nigerian captain Troost-Ekong opened the scoring against the run of play in the 38th minute with a well taken header at the back-post.
Frank Kessie found the all important equaliser in the 62nd minute for the hosts to set things up for a blockbuster final 30 minutes!
Sebastian Haller turned the game on its head in the 81st minute with a sharp near post header which nestled into the top corner.
And that’s how it ended. The hosts earned an incredible 2-1 victory to seal their third Afcon title!
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Nigeria and Ivory Coast meet tonight at 22:00 SAST in the Afcon final. The match will be televised live on SuperSport PSL as well as SABC1.
If you can’t get yourself to a television screen, you can also live stream the match on SABC+ (No subscription required).
Ivory Coast XI: Fofana, Konan, Ndicka, Kossounou, Aurier, S. Fofana, Seri, Kessie, Adingra, Gradel, Haller.
Nigeria XI: Nwabili, Ajayi, Ekong, Bassey, Zaidu, Onyeka, Iwobi, Aina, Chukwueze, Lookman, Osimhen.
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Peseiro gunning for glory with Nigeria!
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“This is my first AFCON, and it holds great importance.” Nigeria head coach Jose Pesiero told AhramOnline.
“In my opinion, this journey has been a great learning experience, and tomorrow, I would love to win it with the Nigerian team. I have learned tremendously during my time here. Winning brings joy, but losing can be challenging. Finding a balance is crucial.
“We have a fantastic group of players who are eager to win this for Nigeria. While some are newcomers to the squad, they have valuable experience from other competitions. Football evokes emotions like no other sport, and this AFCON final holds immense importance for Nigeria.”
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