AFCON 2023: Can Nigeria Claim Glory Against Ivory Coast?

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The stage is set for a clash of titans as Nigeria and Ivory Coast lock horns in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final at the Stade Alassane Ouattara tonight, with kick-off at 8 PM GMT. Both teams carry the hopes of their nations, seeking to rewrite history and claim the coveted trophy.

The Super Eagles, aiming for their fourth continental title, enter the final with a swagger fuelled by their undefeated run. Their attacking prowess, showcased in their 4-2 penalty shootout victory over South Africa, is matched by defensive resilience. This final marks their first appearance since 2013, seeking to replicate their victory over Burkina Faso and banish the memory of the 2000 defeat to Cameroon

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast, playing on home soil and fuelled by fervent fan support, seeks its third AFCON crown. They have overcome a shaky start, showcasing grit and determination, like their narrow win against DR Congo in the semi-final. As the first host nation to reach the final since 2006, they aim to capitalize on the home advantage and lift the trophy.

This will be the ninth meeting between these two giants in the AFCON, with Nigeria boasting four wins to Ivory Coast’s two ( 2 draws). However, their most recent encounter in this year’s AFCON group stage saw Nigeria emerge victorious 1-0.

With both teams boasting talented players and a hunger for victory, this final promises to be a nail-biting affair.

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