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Ivory Coast vs Nigeria: Players to watch in AFCON Final

Sunday, February 11th, 2024 12:14 | By
Africa Cup of Nation trophy. PHOTO/Kawowo Sports
Africa Cup of Nation trophy. PHOTO/Kawowo Sports

Hosts Cotê d’Ivoire are set to clash with African giants Nigeria in the final of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d'Ivoire 2023, marking the culmination of an exhilarating tournament.

Both teams are eager to add to their trophy cabinets, with Cotê d’Ivoire eyeing their third title and Nigeria aiming for their fourth championship.

Here are some players to keep an eye on:

Ivory Coast

Sebastian Haller: The striker has been instrumental for Cotê d’Ivoire, making significant contributions in the knockout stages, including a crucial goal against D.R Congo in the semi-finals.

Seko Fofana: The Al-Nassr FC star has been a driving force in midfield for Cotê d’Ivoire, already etching his name in history by scoring the first goal of the tournament. His passion and skill will be vital in the final.

Nigeria celebrate an AFCON win in Ivory Coast. PHOTO/CAFOnline
Super Eagles celebrate an AFCON win in Ivory Coast. PHOTO/CAFOnline

Serge Aurier: With his wealth of experience, Aurier brings stability to Cotê d’Ivoire's defense. He played a pivotal role in their journey to the final and will be relied upon for his leadership on and off the pitch.

Simon Adingra: Adingra has been a key impact player off the bench, providing valuable contributions, including a crucial goal against Mali in the quarter-finals. His versatility adds depth to Cotê d’Ivoire's squad.

Franck Kessié: Kessié's quality and performances throughout the tournament have been exemplary. His late equalizer in the round of 16 and decisive penalty in the quarter-finals highlight his importance to Cotê d’Ivoire's midfield.

Nigeria

Stanley Nwabali: The Chippa United goalkeeper has been outstanding for Nigeria, making heroic saves and conceding only one goal from open play en route to the final. His performance, including saving two penalties in the semi-final against South Africa, has been instrumental.

William Troost-Ekong: As the Super Eagles' captain, Troost-Ekong provides leadership and stability in defense. His experience and command at the back have been crucial in guiding Nigeria's defense.

Victor Osimhen: Despite not scoring as frequently as desired, Osimhen has been a constant threat to opponents, creating scoring chances and set pieces. The reigning African footballer of the year will be eager to shine in the final.

Nigeria celebrate after winning AFCON match against Cameroon. PHOTO/CAFOnline
Nigeria celebrate after winning AFCON match against Cameroon. PHOTO/CAFOnline

Ademola Lookman: Lookman's speed, skill, and goal-scoring ability have made him a dangerous attacker for Nigeria. With three goals in the tournament, he poses a significant threat to Cotê d’Ivoire's defense and will be key to Nigeria's title ambitions.

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