11/02 Daily Predictions: Nigeria faces Ivory Coast in AFCON 2023 Final

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Rematching their Group A match, Nigeria and Ivory Coast will face off in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium. Since the Super Eagles upset the Elephants earlier in the competition, a lot has happened. The hosts have overcome adversity when all looked lost, and they now seem to be building momentum for the Abidjan decider.

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast

In the group rounds of this tournament, Nigeria narrowly defeated the Ivory Coast 1-0 to seal their victory. The Super Eagles are on their way to their first Afcon championship since 2013, having already exceeded pre-tournament predictions. After a 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria won four straight games without giving up a goal to advance to the final. This arranged a semifinal matchup with South Africa. Before Teboho Mokoena’s 90th-minute penalty for Bafana Bafana forcing extra time and, eventually, penalties, Nigeria seemed set for another win and a clean sheet.

The Super Eagles won their sixth AFCON shootout by staying cool under pressure, a performance that could come in handy in what looks to be a tightly contested championship game.

For the first time in eighteen years, the competition’s host nations have made it to the last two, with Ivory Coast making the breakthrough. The Elephants’ path to the home final, however, has not been easy. It has included a historic 4-0 home loss to Equatorial Guinea, the head coach’s resignation mid-tournament, an incredible win over the tournament favorites, and a thrilling quarterfinal victory. They defeated DR Congo 1-0 in the semi-final, which was probably the easiest game they had played since the competition started. This put them 90 minutes away from an AFCON dream finish.

Verdict

Nigeria has played considerably more convincingly, winning four of its six tournament games and only needing a thrilling penalty against South Africa in the 90th minute to force extra time.

We are betting on Nigeria to win after the Super Eagles defeated Ivory Coast 1-0 in the group stage and went on to win two more 1-0 victories.

Once again, Nigeria was not playing at their best against South Africa. They believed they had the game over at 2-0, but Bafana Bafana won a penalty for a foul committed during the build-up, which was converted to force extra time. Like the group match last month, this final should be close and cagey, decided by the odd goal, but it also wouldn’t be shocking if it went to extra time and penalties.

Tip: Nigeria to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

Nigeria to Win -❌

Under 2.5 Goals – ❌

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