Here is all you need to know about the Super Eagles vs Ivory Coast Time and where to watch Nigeria's AFCON 2023 final.
The Africa Cup of Nations this year has been full of thrilling, suspenseful drama, and the grand finale is here in front of us.
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In the decisive match on Sunday night, host nation and two-time winners Ivory Coast will play Nigeria, who are aiming to win the competition for a fourth time.
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Nigeria prevailed 1-0 in their previous group-stage matchup between these two teams, and their paths to the championship have been entirely different.
After an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea in their last group game, Ivory Coast's coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, was fired and his assistant, Emerse Fae, took over on an interim basis.
However, after defeating the reigning champions Senegal on penalties in the round of 16, they ignited into life and advanced to the knockout round as one of the top third-place finishers.
Nigeria has been tough and composed throughout the competition. They are undefeated and have only let up two goals in their six games.
Their only genuine worry came in the semi-finals when they defeated South Africa on penalties following an incredible game.
Both teams are quite strong, and Ivory Coast has advanced much from the group stage.
In their semi-final matchup with DR Congo, the team offered a far greater threat with forwards Simon Adingra and Sebastien Haller fully healthy.
Nigeria's immense attacking talent made them the clear favorites to be the tournament's biggest entertainers.
Even if Jose Peseiro's team has been playing well, there's a strong feeling that they could play even better.
It's hard to determine who has the advantage because both of these teams have been playing well in the knockout stage.
Super Eagles of Nigeria analysis
In addition to having only conceded twice in the competition, Peseiro's team plays a tough 3-4-3 system that adds to their potent counterattacking threat.
Because of the well-organized structure behind them, Ademola Lookman, Victor Osimhen, and Moses Simon can stay high up the pitch and may immediately take advantage of opponents who are out of position when they get the ball.
One of the best players in the world of football, Osimhen's spectacular dribble earned Nigeria a penalty at a pivotal point in their semifinal match.
Lookman has scored three goals so far in the tournament, including two in the thrilling 2-0 victory over Cameroon and is his country's leading scorer.
Ivory Coast analysis
There has been a belief in the host nation that Ivory Coast is destined to win this AFCON ever since they barely made it into the knockout stage as one of the top four third-place teams during the group phase.
They have repeatedly been in danger of going out, yet they have always managed to live.
They beat Mali despite having 10 men for most of the game after Odilon Kossounou's sending-off, and Kessie scored a late equalizer against Senegal.
In the semifinal, Haller's volley beat DR Congo's goalie Lionel Mpasi.
In the competition two and a half weeks ago, Ivory Coast was the laughingstock.
They are now just one win away from winning the title of African champions.
Supported by a boisterous home audience and believing that fortune is on their side, the host country is sure they can finish what would be an incredible redemption arc.
Super Eagles of Nigeria vs Ivory Coast Time and where to watch
The game between Ivory Coast and Nigeria is slated to begin at 9 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2024.
The final game between Ivory Coast and Nigeria will take place at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.
Across Africa and beyond, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will broadcast the 2023 AFCON, which takes place in 2024.
The local broadcaster in Nigeria is AfroSport, but it is also accessible on Supersports on DSTV and Starstimes Sports Premium.
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