In a groundbreaking moment for African football history, the Super Eagles of Nigeria achieved their first-ever victory on Ivory Coast’s home turf during the 2023 AFCON.
The pressure was palpable for Nigeria, positioned in third place in Group A, requiring a win to secure advancement.
Coach Jose Peseiro’s squad, having drawn 1-1 against Equatorial Guinea in their opening match, faced a significant challenge against Ivory Coast, the host nation that had previously triumphed over Guinea-Bissau.
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The urgency heightened when Equatorial Guinea secured a 4-2 victory over Guinea-Bissau, claiming the top spot in Group A with four points.
With the imperative to defeat Ivory Coast, the Super Eagles rose to the occasion, clinching a crucial win despite the hosts displaying a more solid performance throughout the match.
The pivotal moment came from a penalty scored by captain William Troost-Ekong after Victor Osimhen was fouled in the box.
This hard-fought 1-0 victory propelled the Super Eagles to four points in two games, placing them second in the group, just behind Equatorial Guinea on goal difference.
Looking ahead, Nigeria must secure at least a draw against Guinea-Bissau on January 22 to ensure their progression to the round of 16 in the tournament.