Nigeria’s triumphant path to AFCON final

News Team 2 weeks ago
Nigeria’s triumphant path to AFCON final

During a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations semi-final, Nigeria emerged victorious over South Africa in a 4-2 penalty shootout. Substitute forward Kelechi Iheanacho and goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali played pivotal roles in securing the win. After a 1-1 draw following extra time, the Super Eagles soared to triumph, marking yet another dramatic match in this biennial African football showpiece.

Nigeria’s coach, Jose Peseiro, praised his team’s resilience, stating, “Our team has a huge state of mind. The team fights together. There are 25 of us (in the squad and) it’s difficult to beat us.” This victory has sparked celebrations back in Nigeria, with supporters expressing their joy and pride.

Road to the Final

This win marks the eighth final appearance by Nigeria, who were champions in 1980, 1994, and 2013. The three-time champions will now face hosts Ivory Coast, who secured a 1-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the final on Sunday.

The match was not without its dramatic moments. Nigeria thought had taken a two-goal lead when star forward Victor Osimhen scored. However, play was called back, and after the referee checked the pitch side VAR monitor, he awarded South Africa the penalty that Teboho Mokoena netted.

Bookies odds and final match details

As we approach the final match, the bookies’ odds favour Nigeria, with odds of 6/5, while Ivory Coast stands at 2/1. These odds reflect the performances of both teams throughout the tournament and their historical success in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The final match is set to take place on Sunday, 11 February 2024. It promises to be an exciting showdown between two strong teams, each with a rich history in the tournament. 

As fans around the world eagerly anticipate the final, the stage is set for what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the Africa Cup of Nations.

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