AFCON 2023 Final: Chukwueze starts as Peseiro names strong XI for Ivory Coast clash

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Nigeria takes on Ivory Coast in the highly anticipated AFCON 2023 final, and coach Jose Peseiro has named a strong starting lineup, with Samuel Chukwueze getting the nod upfront.

Samuel Chukwueze replaced Moses Simon, while Zaidu Sanusi returned to the starting lineup after missing Nigeria’s semi-final match against South Africa.

Peseiro has opted for a strong and experienced XI, with Frank Onyeka anchoring the midfield and William Troost-Ekong marshalling the defence.

The inclusion of Chukwueze alongside Victor Osimhen and Ademola Lookman promises a dynamic attacking threat, while the solid backline will aim to shut down the Ivorian attack.

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Stanley Nwanbali, the hero of the semi-final, remained in his position as the team’s goalkeeper.

Nigeria’s players to watch

Victor Osimhen

The African footballer of the year has yet to find his goalscoring touch at this tournament but has won praise from his coach for his work rate and performances.

Ademola Lookman

The former Everton forward scored all three goals his side managed in the round of 16 and quarterfinal wins against Cameroon and Angola. Where Osimhen is drawing the attention of numerous opposition players both in and out of possession, it has created openings for others which Lookman has fully taken advantage of.

William Troost-Ekong

The captain has been a leader in every sense for his side. The rock of the side’s defence, which has only conceded two goals at the tournament, Troost-Ekong has also scored two penalties, including one against Ivory Coast in the group, in normal time and netted in the shootout win against South Africa.

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