Nigeria vs Ivory Coast: CAF AFCON 2023 final preview - RocketNews

2024-02-10 20:04:38

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Who: Nigeria vs Ivory CoastWhat: CAF AFCON 2023 finalWhen: Sunday, February 11, 2024, 20:00 GMTWhere: Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, Ivory CoastNigeria coach Jose Peseiro has sought to play down his side's tag as favourites for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations crown while talking up his misfiring African footballer of the year Victor Osimhen.

The Super Eagles face the hosts, Ivory Coast, who they beat 1-0 in the group stage in the final at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday.

The Elephants were nearly eliminated at the first hurdle having also lost to Equatorial Guinea in the final group-stage match, and parted company with their manager Jean-Louis Gasset while they awaited clarification as to whether they would progress as one of the four best third-placed finishers.

"There is no favourite for the final," insisted the Portuguese coach. "Each side has a 50 percent chance, but we are determined to win this final."

Osimhen, meantime, has previously received praise from his coach for his work rate and performances at the tournament.

The Napoli striker earned his side a point in Nigeria's opening match against Equatorial Guinea but has yet to find the net again.

"He doesn't play like he is the star. He fights for the team and is completely unselfish," said Peseiro.

"He know ...

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