Nigeria vs Ivory Coast live updates: Africa Cup of Nations final team news, line-ups and predictions

Follow live updates from today’s final as Nigeria take on AFCON hosts Ivory Coast to decide the kings of the continent

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2023 AFCON so far: Group B

2023 AFCON so far: Group B

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Then, Group B.

  1. Cape Verde – PTS: 7, GD: 4
  2. Egypt – PTS: 3, GD: 0
  3. Ghana – PTS: 2, GD: -1
  4. Mozambique – PTS: 2, GD: -3

And Ghana did not have the same luck as the hosts. Their dismal group-stage performance led to the shock exit of the group stage with two goals conceded in stoppage time against Mozambique sending them home.

Egypt were the beneficiaries of those late goals as they went through as group runners-up behind the surprise package of the group stage, Cape Verde.

Motsepe: Morocco AFCON will be ‘immensely successful’

Motsepe: Morocco AFCON will be 'immensely successful'

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The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, was asked in a pre-final press conference about the next AFCON, held in Morocco, due to be held in summer 2025.

He said: “The AFCON in Morocco is going to be excellent, immensely successful.

“I will talk about more of that after Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).”

2023 AFCON so far: Group A

2023 AFCON so far: Group A

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There has been plenty of entertainment at the tournament so far and, while that is in the past, it is worth throwing it back to day one.

And we started with Group A.

  1. Equatorial Guinea – PTS: 7, GD: 6
  2. Nigeria – PTS: 7, GD: 2
  3. Ivory Coast – PTS: 3, GD: -3
  4. Guinea-Bissau – PTS: 0, GD: -5

Everyone thought hosts Ivory Coast would be heading out after their embarrassing 4-0 defeat against Equatorial Guinea in their final group match and so did they!

They chose to sack manager Jean-Louis Gasset while their fate was not yet sealed and went on to qualify for the knockouts as the fourth-best third place team. That meant they joined group winners Equatorial Guinea and runners up Nigeria in the last 16.

Has this been the best AFCON ever?

Has this been the best AFCON ever?

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After four weeks of showcasing what the continent has to offer, the Africa Cup of Nations is down to a final two.

Hosts Ivory Coast play Nigeria in today’s showpiece final in what has been the most thrilling AFCON in decades.

But what’s made it so good? Has the on-pitch drama been matched by the eyeballs watching the tournament?

And what does AFCON need to do off the pitch to match the success on it?

Host Ayo Akinwolere is joined by former Ivory Coast defender, and 2012 AFCON runner-up, Sol Bamba as well as The Athletic‘s Jay Harris to discuss and debate what has made AFCON 2023 such a success.

Listen in on Spotify here!

Why AFCON matters

In 2022, Ivory Coast striker Sebastien Haller was asked if he would prefer to stay with his title-chasing Dutch club Ajax to start the year rather than go to the Africa Cup of Nations.

His response was to the point.

“This question shows the disrespect for Africa,” he said.

“Would this question ever get asked to a European player ahead of the Euros? Of course I am going.”

Read more below.


Why AFCON matters

Everything you need to know about AFCON 2023

Everything you need to know about AFCON 2023

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Not been keeping up so far? Even if you have, listen to Tifo Football’s brilliantly informative podcast, recorded before the start of the tournament, to furnish you with everything you need to know for the tournament right here.

  • Why is it called AFCON 2023 if it’s in 2024?
  • Why should people be watching?
  • Who are the players to keep an eye on?

Jon Mackenzie, Maher Mezahi and Alasdair Howorth answer all those questions, and more. Listen in!

Velud to leave Burkina Faso role

Velud to leave Burkina Faso role

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Burkina Faso will not continue with head coach Hubert Velud after their disappointing last 16 exit at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Velud’s side lost against Mali after picking up four points in their group stage. In the past 11 years, Burkina Faso have reached one AFCON final and a further two semi-finals – making this year an underwhelming campaign.

Frenchman Velud, 64, will depart along with his coaching staff, the Burkinabe FA confirmed on Friday.

“The committee noted that results fell short of the expectations of the Burkinabe people and reassured football lovers of its desire that the national flag is raised at the highest level at future events.”

Velud is a vastly experienced coach whose managerial career has spanned more than 30 years, including previous stints in charge of Togo and Sudan.

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How to watch Nigeria vs Ivory Coast for free

Now, we’d never invite you to disregard this live blog. However, if you also want to watch the match on TV alongside us, you can do so via the below channels.

UK: BBC Three, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Ultra HDR (TV); BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer, SkyGo (stream).

US: beIN Sports USA.

Nigeria: NTA.

Ivory Coast: RTI, NCI.

Our venue tonight

Our venue tonight

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Hosting the match is the Alassane Ouattara Stadium (named after the incumbent Ivorian president), also known as the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe, based on its location in Ebimpe, northern Abidjan, the biggest city in the country.

Capacity: 60,012 (the joint 15th-biggest in Africa).

Previous games hosted at this AFCON: Nine.

Expected atmosphere later: 10/10.

What time does the match kick off?

It will begin at 8pm local time in the Ivory Coast and GMT in the United Kingdom, which equates to 3pm ET and 12pm/midday PT in the United States.

Hello and welcome to the Africa Cup of Nations final!

So here we are then.

A little less than a month after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations started on January 13, 2024, today is the day of the final, the occasion we crown kings of the continent.

It’s Nigeria vs Ivory Coast, and it’s live on The Athletic!

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