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Nigeria Announces Starting Lineup for Africa Cup of Nations Final Against Ivory Coast

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Nigeria Announces Starting Lineup for Africa Cup of Nations Final Against Ivory Coast

Nigeria coach, Jose Peseiro, has revealed the starting eleven for the highly anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final against host country Ivory Coast.

The match is set to take place at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.

One notable inclusion in the lineup is the return of Porto defender, Zaidu Sanusi, who has successfully passed a late fitness test.

Sanusi missed the semi-final clash against South Africa but is now fit and ready to contribute to the team’s success.

Another change in the starting lineup sees Samuel Chukwueze taking the place of Moses Simon.

Chukwueze will join Ademola Lookman and Victor Osimhen in the attacking trio, forming a formidable front line for Nigeria.

The defensive line remains unchanged, with Semi Ajayi, William Troost-Ekong, and Calvin Bassey retaining their spots.

Stanley Nwabali will continue to guard the goal, showcasing his skills as the team’s goalkeeper.

In midfield, Alex Iwobi, despite facing criticism from some fans regarding his work rate, has been selected to start alongside Frank Onyeka.

The duo will play a crucial role in controlling the midfield and providing support to the attacking players.

Nigeria’s starting lineup suggests a 3-4-3 formation, showcasing the team’s attacking mindset and desire to secure victory in the final.

The final match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to kick off at 9 PM Nigeria time.

Super Eagles’s Starting XI: Nwabali; Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey; Aina, Zaidu, Onyeka, Iwobi; Lookman, Chukwueze, Osimhen.

This article was updated 2 weeks ago

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