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Nig journey in the 2023 African Cup of Nations.

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By Akintola Timothy

Read exclusive stories on Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 journey and Côte d’Ivoire win.

Nigeria entered the 2023 African Cup of Nations tournament with huge expectations and potential to clinch the coveted prize. With a pack of talented players in Europe like Victor Osimhen, who recently clinched the African Best Player award for his outstanding performance in Napoli’s first Scudetto in 33 years, Ademola Lookman, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Semi Ajayi, Terem Moffi, as well as the home base players like the talented Shehu Usman, Nigeria was undoubtedly one of the biggest contenders to win the tournament.

In the Group A, Nigeria opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea. Victor Osimhen fired home a sweet equalizer two minutes after Iván Salvador gave Equatorial Guinea the lead in the 36th minute. In the second game, Nigeria battled it out and defeated the host country 1-0, all thanks to William Troost-Ekong’s well converted penalty in the 55th minute to give the team a deserved victory. José Peseiro’s men however ended the group stage run with another 1-0 win over Guinea Bissau, all thanks to a forced own goal, securing a second place finish with seven points.

Beautiful goal from Lookman saves Nigeria from Angola.

The Super Eagles faced a fierce challenge from Cameroon in the tournament’s round of 16 but Ademola Lookman’s brace was enough to save Nigeria from the threats of the Indomitable Lions, leading them to the quarter finals where they faced Angola. Again, Lookman proved to be the man of the moment, saving Nigeria again with a beautiful goal in the 41st minute. The Super Eagles’ defence were again tasked with vehemently defending the line against any threats from the opposition, all of which they did successfully.

Into the last four of the tournament, Nigeria saw off rival, South Africa in an immensely competitive match which drew into penalty shootouts. Nigeria’s captain, Troost-Ekong again converted a penalty in the 66th minute to give Nigeria the lead. The Super Eagles looked to have booked their place in the final when Osimhen slotted home an 88th minute pass from Chukwueze but this goal was ruled out and a penalty given to South Africa for a prior foul in Nigeria’s box, which Mokoena easily slotted home. In a fierce penalty shootout, Nigeria’s keeper, Stanley Nwabali proved very impressive, saving two of South Africa’s four penalties to send Nigeria to the AFCON final where they again face host country, Côte d’Ivoire.

Côte d’Ivoire defeats Nigeria to clinch third African Cup of Nations.

Host country, Côte d’Ivoire has risen from their group standings in dramatic fashion to clinch the 2023 African Cup of Nations. After qualifying for the last 16 round as one of the best losers of the tournament, The Ivory Coast Elephants continued to sail their way through numerous adversities until the final, where they came from behind to defeat Nigeria 2-1. Nigeria’s captain, William Troost-Ekong opened the scoring with a bullet header in the 38th minute but second half goals from Frank Kessié and Sébastien Haller were enough to secure the win on their home turf. South Africa also secured a third place finish, defeating DR Congo in the penalty shootout. While Troost Ekong clinched the player of the tournament award, Equatorial Guinea’s Emilio Nsue and South Africa’s Ronwen Williams also won the golden boot and best keeper respectively.

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17 days ago

Nig journey in the 2023 African Cup of Nations. – Read exclusive stories on Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 journey and Côte d’Ivoire win. – Express your point of view.

16 days ago

The super eagles journey in the beginning of this AFCON was sweet and tough with great performance in some match and not good performance in some matches but they struggled and reach final but they did not perform well in the final I lose the final match it was a great pain for all Nigeria and we were disappointed

16 days ago

Nigeria ending of the journey is what most people don’t expect because we are the favorite to win the cup with all our player we call to play for the country while some were send back due to injuries but still else we still have many players we really did not perform well in the final that why we don’t win the cup

16 days ago

Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 journey was a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with standout performances from players like Troost Ekong and Lookman. Despite the defeat in the final against Côte d’Ivoire, the team’s resilience and skill were commendable. Troost Ekong’s player of the tournament award adds pride to the nation, and the overall tournament showcased the vibrancy and unpredictability of African football.

16 days ago

Nigeria’s journey in the 2023 African Cup of Nations was a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite some ups and downs, the team showed resilience and determination throughout the tournament. It’s disappointing to fall short in the final, but Troost Ekong’s performance and recognition as player of the tournament is a source of pride for the nation. We’ll bounce back stronger next time.

Adeoye Adegoke
16 days ago

It’s awesome to hear that you’re interested in Nigeria’s journey in the 2023 African Cup of Nations! The AFCON is always an exciting tournament, and it’s great to see Nigeria competing on the international stage.
As for exclusive stories on Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 journey, I’d love to share some highlights with you. The Nigerian team showcased their skills and determination throughout the tournament, facing tough opponents and putting up a strong fight. It’s always thrilling to see how teams perform in such prestigious competitions.
Now, let’s talk about Côte d’Ivoire’s win. They had a fantastic run in the tournament and emerged as the champions. It’s a testament to their hard work and talent. The African Cup of Nations is known for its fierce competition, and Côte d’Ivoire’s victory is definitely something to celebrate.
Overall, the African Cup of Nations is a platform where African nations come together to showcase their football prowess and compete for the ultimate prize. It’s a thrilling tournament that brings fans from all over the continent together. I’m sure Nigeria’s journey in the AFCON 2023 left a lasting impression, and it’s exciting to see how they’ll perform in future tournaments.