By Monsurah Olatunji
Nigeria will battle host nation and two-time winners, Côte d’Ivoire in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Cup final at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday 11 February 2024.
The two sides will meet for the second time in the tournament having already played each other once in a group game where Nigeria emerged victorious, thanks to William Troost-Ekong’s goal from the spot kick.
The Super Eagles advanced from the semi-finals after defeating South Africa 4-2 in a thrilling penalty shootout while tournament hosts, Cote d’Ivoire booked their place after edging DR Congo 1-0 on Wednesday night.
It’s been a tournament full of drama, excitement, goals, and incredible storylines. After being on the verge of elimination with just one win in the group stage, Ivory Coast’s coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, was fired and his assistant, Emerse Fae, took over on an interim basis, following an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea.
He went on to defeat reigning champions Senegal on penalties in the round of 16 and saw off DR Congo in the semi-finals, following their qualification as one of the four best losers (group third finish with the most points) of the group stages.
The two-time champions are the first host country to reach the final of the Cup of Nations since Egypt in 2006 and will be hoping to join Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Ghana, Sudan, and Ethiopia as host-to-win.
Nigeria are three-time winners, lifting the trophy in 1980, 1994, and 2013, while the Cote d’Ivoire Elephants have been crowned champions twice, in 1992 and 2015.
Cote d’Ivoire will look to capture their first AFCON title since 2015 while denying rivals Nigeria their first AFCON title in 10 years, a fourth continental crown.
The final match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria is available to watch live across Africa and the rest of the world as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will broadcast the 2023 AFCON, taking place in 2024.
Nigerian fans will be able to watch the match live on AfroSport, and also accessible on Supersports on DSTV and Starstimes Sports Premium.
Six out of the previous 12 finals have come down to a penalty shoot-out including the 2021 edition where Sadio Mane converted the last spot-kick to see Senegal come out victorious against Mo
hamed Salah and Egypt.