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The Super Eagles of Nigeria earlier defeated Ivory Coast in the group stage clash of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to face Ivory Coast in the final match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, as reported by Soccernet.ng.
The upcoming showdown has stirred tension among Nigerians residing in the country, as the Ivorians are determined to secure their third Nations Cup title, particularly as hosts of the tournament.
Ivorian nationals have been visibly passionate, celebrating their team’s victories with dancing and jubilation on the streets of Abidjan.
Nigeria previously defeated Ivory Coast in the group stage with a solitary goal from William Troost-Ekong’s well-taken penalty.
French-speaking Ivorians have remarked that luck favoured Nigeria in their group-stage encounter, as Ivory Coast’s defeat could have been avoided without the penalty.
However, their vulnerabilities were exposed in a subsequent match against Equatorial Guinea, where they conceded four goals, landing them in the third spot of Group A.
What is the mood among the Elephants before the clash against Nigeria?
Borrusia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller expressed anticipation for a challenging encounter, acknowledging the physical demands of facing the Nigerian team.
He emphasized the need for the Ivorians to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses while being mindful of their own.
He said, as witnessed by Soccernet.ng: “I believe it is both an advantage for Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. Group stage match and a final match are different thing. Preparation will be different, and we will see how tomorrow will be.
“I am expecting a tough game, obviously. We also know the way Nigerians play. It is going to be a physically demanding game. It is up to us to give them problems and utilise their weaknesses. Even though the defenders have similar physiques as I am, we will make sure we play a great game tomorrow.”
Are the Nigerians in the Ivory Coast safe?
As the final approaches at the Olympique Allassane Ouattara Stadium, Ivory Coast is determined to seek revenge for their previous loss to Nigeria. However, both teams recognise that the dynamics of a group stage match differ from a final showdown.
Concerns have arisen regarding the safety of Nigerians on the Ivory Coast amidst heightened tensions. Threats have been reported, urging Nigerians to refrain from excessive celebrations if Nigeria wins the trophy.
Residents have highlighted specific areas, particularly a ghetto street near the stadium, as potential areas of risk.
There are hopes that Ivorian authorities will bolster security measures ahead of the highly anticipated clash to ensure the safety of all spectators.11 February 2024 at 12:16 PM #30886
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