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AFCON Final: Four Reasons for Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ Defeat Against Ivory Coast

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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) reached its thrilling conclusion with a showdown between the host nation, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria’s Super Eagles. The highly anticipated match lived up to its billing, keeping fans on the edge of their seats with a flurry of heart-stopping moments and intense goalmouth actions.…CONTINUE READING

However, despitebeing heavy favourites against the vastly underperforming Ivorians, Jose Peseiro’s team suffered a shock defeat.

Goals from, Franck Kessie, and forward, Sebastien Haller, proved decisive in overturning Nigeria’s lead and securing the trophy for the Ivorians.

The surprising result has evoked strong emotions among fans who had high expectations for the Nigerian national team, with many voicing their disappointment.

Nonetheless, in the aftermath of this enthralling match,
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has pinpointed four crucial factors that played a significant role in Nigeria’s defeat.

The 63-year-old coach made two changes to the team that triumphed over South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the semi-finals, bringing in Zaidu Sanusi and forward Samuel Chukwueze for Bright-Osayi Samuel and Moses Simon.

While these adjustments seemed routine to many, some fans and analysts noted that these changes might disrupt the Super Eagles’ current momentum. In the semi-finals, both Simon and Bright-Osayi had performed exceptionally well, significantly contributing to Nigeria’s advancement to the final.

However, The Portuguese coach acknowledged his error when the Ivorians took the lead and wasted no time substituting both players.

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The defensive vulnerabilities of the Super Eagles, exposed in the semi-finals against, resurfaced once more against the Ivorian team.

In just the first 45 minutes of the match, Nigeria conceded nine shots. Regrettably, they failed to rectify this issue in the second half, as the Ivorians hit another nine shots.

This seemingly lacklustre defending, which was on show, would eventually lead to Nigeria conceding two goals on the night.

Another glaring factor for the Nigerian team that evening was the apparent lack of intensity and effective pressing from the Super Eagles.

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The 5-4-1 formation utilised by Coach Peseiro’s team has typically been defined by its impressive pressing tactics. However, against the Ivorians, the Super Eagles failed to execute the anticipated pressing strategy. This lapse allowed the hosts to dominate possession and orchestrate their remarkable comeback victory.

As fans and stakeholders of the Super Eagles delve into introspection to analyse the reasons behind their defeat against the Ivorians, it’s imperative to highlight the significant impact of forward Simon Adingra on his team’s victory.

The Brighton and Hove Albion winger bossed Nigeria’s Ola Aina on the left flank and subsequently provided the two assists to both goals that would seal victory for Emerse Fae’s team.

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