AFCON: 4 Important Takeaways From Super Eagles Loss Against Ivory Coast

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will have to wait until the 35th edition of the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) tournament to win its fourth title; reports.

The Super Eagles failed its bid to win a fourth AFCON championship at the 34th edition of the Africa Cup Of Nations tournament.

Super Eagles fail in bid to win fourth AFCON title.
Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali in tears after the final whistle.

The three-time African champions last sunday lost in the finals 1-2 to the Elephants of Ivory Coast. Ivory coast with its victory against Nigeria, have now won the AFCON three times; its first ever since after 2015.

Important takeaways from Super Eagles 2023 AFCON Outing

(1) Nigeria’s search for a dependable goalkeepser may have been solved following the arrival of Stanley Nwabali. Nwabalywas scouted and integrated into the Super Eagles by coach José Peseiro.

And since his introduction, the 27-year-old has been a revelation. Kept four Cleansheets in the 2023 AFCON, numerous saves, and was identified as a “New hero” by former Super Eagles Captain Sunday Oliseh. He may continue as the three-time African champions’ first choice Goalkeeper going forward.

(2) Defender and assistant captain William Troost-Ekong was named the 2023 AFCON Best Player of the tournament. The former Watford FC defender was simply sensational at the AFCON. Scoring three goals to become Nigeria’s defender with highest goals in an AFCON competition.

(3) Equatorial Guinea captain Emilio Nsue was named 2023 AFCON highest Goalscorer. The forward who play his club football in Spanish Fourth tier division, scored five goals in the group stage to win the award.

(4) Nigeria will have to wait until the 35th edition of AFCON to win its fourth AFCON title.

Super Eagles in their locker room after beating South Africa on penalty shootouts

In a related story, fans of the Super Eagles, is calling for the immediate exclusion of some players from the national team.

According to the fans who took to various social media platforms after the final whistle was blow inside the Ebimpe Stadium cited lack of agility and dedication in some players.

Also read: AFCON 23: Super Eagles Supporters Want Iwobi Out Of The National Team Cites ‘Poor’ Performances

“No single player should undergo any kind of abuse! The technical team are to blame, the whole set up was awful from the start, No change of tactics, Appeared they were instructed to defend throughout the game’s normal time and settle for penalties. The coaches are to blame!,” Facebook Andrew John said in defense of the players.

“He has never had his best form since the beginning of the tournament. He doesn’t even play like a premier league player. Iwobi should never be invited to the team. No accurate pass, looses the ball, no tackling. What was his role in the tournament,” Ken Henry remarked about Fulham FC playmaker Alex Iwobi.

One thought on “AFCON: 4 Important Takeaways From Super Eagles Loss Against Ivory Coast

  1. I’m not blaming any of the players. I truly believe that the poor performance was caused by the coach poor tactics of defensive without attacking. Its obvious that your tactics can’t save you all time. What makes you a good coach is your ability to read game and come up with a tactics that will favour your team. Honestly, the coach style of play caused us the chance of winning the game against cote d’iviore today.

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