Nigeria have paved their way to the finals of the ongoing AFCON 2023 tournament. They will be locking horns with Ivory Coast on 12th February 2024 and the match is slated to begin from 1:30 AM (IST).
The high-voltage clash at the Olympic Stadium of Edimpe will be witnessing some formidable players from both the sides, lock horns with each other and we can expect an absolute thrilling contest to unfurl.
The Super Eagles had defeated South Africa in the penalty round in the semi-finals and would be drawing out oodles of confidence from that tense and exciting game of the AFCON 2023 tournament.
In this article, we take a look at the 3 players to watch out for in the Nigeria side in the upcoming AFCON 2023 finals:
1. Ademola Lookman
With 3 goals under his belt, Ademola Lookman will be one of the key players to watch out for in the Nigeria squad in their final game versus Ivory Coast. Lookman is the top goal-scorer of Nigeria in AFCON 2023 and has an unerring nature of direction finding inside the box.
He had scored in the quarter final game against Angola and would be brimming with confidence ahead of this game at the Olympic Stadium of Edimpe. The 26-year-old footballer also has 2 assists and tops the assists charts of his team in this competition.
2. William Troost-Ekong
Having scored in the semi-finals against South Africa, we can expect William Troost-Ekong to play a good brand of football in the finals versus Ivory Coast. Ekong has 2 goals under his belt in AFCON 2023 and will be a player to watch out for.
He has played 70 international matches for Nigeria and has 6 goals under his belt. Apart from his knack of scoring goals, Ekong is one of the top defenders in the ongoing AFCON 2023 tournament.
3. Stanley Bobo
The guardian of dreams between the sticks for the Super Eagles in Stanley Bobo. He has been a terrific goalkeeper and has acted as a wall in front of the goal. Even if the opposition breaches past the defence lineups of Nigeria, getting past Stanley Bobo is always a tough task.
The 27-year-old custodian has 4 clean sheets in 6 games in the ongoing AFCON 2023 and would be looking to log his 5th clean sheet in the finals against Ivory Coast.