‘Man, I’m Going to F*** You Up Here’ – Watch Moment Nigeria’s Nwabali Appears to Threaten Ivory Coast Forward in Ill-Fated Final

Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali against Ivory Coast | Imago

‘Man, I’m Going to F*** You Up Here’ – Watch Moment Nigeria’s Nwabali Appears to Threaten Ivory Coast Forward in Ill-Fated Final

Ayoola Kelechi 17:22 - 12.02.2024

Things did not go according to plan for Nigeria in the final against Ivory Coast and goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali was understandably frustrated in a difficult match against the hosts

The final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) not only showcased the continent's top footballing talent but also moments of high tension and emotional outbursts as Nigerian goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali appeared to confront an Ivory Coast player, yelling some expletives in the heat of the moment.

In a match filled with passion and competitive spirit, Ivory Coast claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Nigeria, amidst a backdrop of individual confrontations that caught the eye of fans and spectators worldwide as goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller turned the game around after William Troost-Ekong had put Nigeria ahead in the first half. 

 Nwabali Squares Up with Ivorian Youngster

One of the match's most talked-about incidents involved Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, and Ivorian forward, Simon Adingra. In a heated moment that epitomized the match's intensity, Nwabali and Adingra clashed, leading to a verbal altercation. 

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According to reports from social media, Nwabali was reportedly seen threatening Adingra with the words, “Man, I’m going to f*** you up here,” as officials and teammates worked to separate the pair. 

This exchange highlighted the emotions running high during this crucial final and one of many flashpoints during a heated West African derby. 

 Adingra Gets the Last Laugh Over Nwabali

Despite the altercation, it was Adingra who had the final say in the contest between him and Nwabali. Demonstrating his talent and composure, Adingra provided a crucial assist for Sebastien Haller's winning goal, delivering a pinpoint cross that Haller converted with precision. 

Simon Adingra celebrates scoring for Ivory Coast | Imago
Simon Adingra celebrates scoring for Ivory Coast | Imago

This contribution was pivotal in securing Ivory Coast's victory, allowing Adingra to emerge from the confrontation with the upper hand, contributing directly to his team's triumph in the tournament.

The 2023 AFCON final will be remembered not just for the quality of football on display but also for the fiery moments that underscored the competitive nature of African football. While Ivory Coast celebrates their victory, the incident between Nwabali and Adingra serves as a reminder of the thin line between passion and aggression in the heat of battle.

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