2023 AFCON final: Five tactical gains of Super Eagles starting lineup against Ivory Coast 

Published: February 11, 2024
 2023 AFCON final: Five tactical gains of Super Eagles starting lineup against Ivory Coast 

The Nigerian national football team's starting lineup for the highly and eagerly anticipated AFCON 2023 final against Ivory Coast has been disclosed, showcasing what looks like a potent 3-4-3 formation, heralding a tactical masterclass that promises to shake up the pitch.


Peseiro's decision to stick to the tactic that has seemingly worked for his side en route to the final of the AFCON 2023 signals a tactical masterclass aimed at securing victory against Ivory Coast.


With defensive stability, midfield dominance, wing wizardry, forward firepower, and fluidity, the Super Eagles are poised to showcase their prowess on the grand stage and lift the coveted AFCON trophy once again after a decade-long wait.


Allnigeriasoccer.com takes a look at five summarized tactical gains from Nigeria's AFCON final starting lineup to face the Elephants of Ivory Coast.


1. Defensive Stability


The defensive setup, anchored by the trio of Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, and Bassey, provides a formidable barrier against Ivory Coast's attacking threats. With a compact backline supported by two wing-backs in Aina and Zaidu, Nigeria aims to neutralize Ivory Coast's wide play and limit their opportunities in the final third.


2. Midfield Decency and Stability


The midfield duo of Onyeka and Iwobi brings a perfect blend of defensive solidity and creative flair. Positioned centrally, they are tasked with controlling the midfield battle, intercepting opposition passes, and launching swift counterattacks.


This strategic positioning allows Nigeria to dictate the tempo of the game and exploit gaps in Ivory Coast's midfield.


3. Wing Wizardry


The inclusion of Lookman and Chukwueze on the wings adds an element of unpredictability and dynamism to Nigeria's attacking play.


With their blistering pace and trickery, they are expected to wreak havoc down the flanks, stretching Ivory Coast's defense and delivering dangerous crosses into the box.


Their ability to take on defenders one-on-one could prove pivotal in breaking down stubborn defensive lines.


4. Forward Firepower


Leading the line is none other than Osimhen, Nigeria's talismanic striker known for his clinical finishing and predatory instincts.


Supported by Lookman and Chukwueze on either side, Osimhen aims to exploit any defensive lapses and capitalize on scoring opportunities.


His physical presence and aerial prowess pose a constant threat to Ivory Coast's backline, keeping their defenders on high alert throughout the match.


5. Fluidity and Flexibility:


The beauty of the 3-4-3 formation lies in its adaptability to various phases of the game. Nigeria can seamlessly transition between defense and attack, shifting from a solid defensive block to an expansive attacking force with fluidity and precision.


This flexibility allows the team to respond effectively to changes in the flow of the game and exploit weaknesses in Ivory Coast's setup.


Super Eagles starting lineup - Nwabali, Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey, Aina, Zaidu, Onyeka, Iwobi, Lookman, Osimhen,Chukwueze.



Ejim Kaycee



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