Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea Live Online Africa Cup of Nations match on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
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Nigeria possible lineup:
Uzoho, Omeruo, Bassey, Ajayi, Onyemaechi, Aribo, Onyeka, Iwobi, Simon, Lookman, Osimhen
Equatorial Guinea possible lineup:
Owono, Akapo, Anieboh, Orozco, Ndong, Gannet, Bikoro, Miranda, Machin, Salvador, Nsue
Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea: Super Eagles Soar in AFCON Group A Opener
The opening match of Group A in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations witnessed a dominant display from the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, January 14th, 2024, at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe, Ivory Coast.
Nigeria’s Early Onslaught:
Coach Jose Peseiro’s Nigeria came out with intent, pressing high and dictating the tempo from the outset. Victor Osimhen, the Napoli striker, proved a constant menace for the Equatorial Guinean defense, and it was he who broke the deadlock in the 34th minute, heading home a precise cross from Samuel Chukwueze.
Moses Simon Doubles the Lead:
The advantage was doubled just before halftime courtesy of Moses Simon. The Nantes winger cut inside from the left, leaving defenders in his wake before firing a low shot past Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper Jesus Anongono.
Second Half Control and Late Cherry on Top:
The second half saw Nigeria continue to control possession and create chances. Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho both came close to adding to the scoreline, while Equatorial Guinea struggled to build any sustained attacking threat. In the 76th minute, substitute Terem Moffi put the icing on the cake, slotting home a pass from Samuel Kalu to seal the 3-0 win.
- Nigeria’s Dominant Performance: The Super Eagles put in a commanding display, showcasing their attacking prowess and defensive solidity. Osimhen was a constant threat, while the midfield duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo controlled the tempo.
- Equatorial Guinea’s Tough Start: The Nzalang National struggled to cope with Nigeria’s pressing and organization. Despite showing glimpses of attacking potential, they lacked the necessary intensity and composure to challenge the favorites.
- Group A Dynamics: This result opens up Group A, with Nigeria establishing themselves as clear favorites. However, both Côte d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone will be looking to put pressure on the Super Eagles in the upcoming matches.
Nigeria will face Sierra Leone in their next Group A match on January 18th, while Equatorial Guinea will take on Côte d’Ivoire. This opening victory puts the Super Eagles in a strong position, but they still have work to do to secure their place in the knockout stages.