ivory coast and nigeria afcon 2023 groupstage

Ivory Coast and Nigeria in Epic AFCON Group-Stage Showdown

by Ikem Emmanuel

Ivory Coast and Nigeria are set to face off in a pivotal AFCON group-stage match. The hosts, Ivory Coast, secured a convincing 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau, showcasing their prowess in the tournament’s opening game. Meanwhile, the Super Eagles of Nigeria faced a setback, settling for a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea in their Group A opener.

The Ivory Coast team, led by the talented Seko Fofana and Jean-Philippe Krasso, displayed a dominant performance in their initial match. However, injuries to key players, including Borussia Dortmund’s Sebastien Haller and Brighton’s Simon Adingra, cast uncertainty over their availability for the clash against Nigeria.

Nigeria, missing players like Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Boniface due to pre-tournament injuries, will be looking to bounce back and secure a crucial win. Star scorer Victor Osimhen’s performance will be crucial, as he aims to lead the Super Eagles to victory.

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The history between Ivory Coast and Nigeria adds an extra layer of excitement to the match. With 27 previous encounters, the head-to-head record slightly favors Ivory Coast, but the Super Eagles have a strong history in AFCON, having won four out of six encounters with the hosts.

The upcoming game promises to be a fierce battle, as both teams boast solid squads. Host countries have historically performed well in AFCON group-stage matches, adding to Ivory Coast’s confidence as the 1992 and 2015 winners.


The Super Eagles vs Ivory Coast clash is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan. Football enthusiasts can catch the action on Supersports on DSTV and Startimes.

As the stage is set for this epic showdown, fans eagerly await the kickoff, anticipating a thrilling match that continues the rich footballing legacy between these two African powerhouses.


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