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AFCON 2023: Ex-Arsenal star Iwobi confident, reveals game plan for Ivory Coast

Posted : 17 January 2024

Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi affirms that the team has devised a game plan to rebound against Ivory Coast following a disappointing draw in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations opener against Equatorial Guinea.

Nigeria, three-time African champions, started their 2023 AFCON campaign with a draw against Equatorial Guinea. Despite dominating the match, they were held to a draw after a goal from Iban Salvador, but Victor Osimhen quickly equalized. Despite creating numerous chances, Nigeria couldn't convert and settled for a draw.

The upcoming challenge for Nigeria is a formidable match against hosts Ivory Coast, their perennial rivals, who won their first game against Guinea-Bissau. Ivory Coast has the home advantage, but Iwobi is optimistic about Nigeria's performance.

"After the result against Equatorial Guinea, we want to make sure we put things right," Iwobi stated. "Beating the hosts would send a big message. It won't be easy, but we have a game plan, and hopefully, we can achieve a favorable result."

The last encounter between both teams in the AFCON was in 2013, with Nigeria winning 2-1 in the quarter-finals. With both teams possessing talented players, effective tactics from coach Jose Peseiro could secure a positive outcome for the Super Eagles.


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