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Nigeria to play Angola in AFCON quarterfinals

Lookman and Iwobi celebrate as Super Eagles thrash Cameroon
Lookman and Iwobi celebrate as Super Eagles thrash Cameroon

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Angola in the next round of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

Nigeria will play the Giant Sable Antelope in the AFCON 2023 Quarter Finals by 6 p.m. at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan, on Friday, February 2, 2024.

Ademola Lookman’s brace, each from the two halves of the game, gave Nigeria the win over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a hard-fought game.

Moreover, the Super Eagles remain unbeaten in the tournament.

According to CAF Online, Angolan forward Jacinto Dala says they deserve to qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The team defeated Namibia on Friday 3-0, with Jacinto Dala involved in all three goals.

Worthy of note, Angola have reached the last eight of the tournament for the first time since their run to the semi-finals in 2008.

“We had a good performance today. The team deserved this qualification, and I’m very happy we made it happen.

“I will say the commitment and the involvement of all the players helped me win this man of the match,” he said.

Nigeria at Egypt 2019

In the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt, the Super Eagles knocked out Cameroon in the Round of 16.

They came from behind and secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

Meanwhile, Ighalo’s brace in the 19th and 63rd minutes, combined with Alex Iwobi’s 66th-minute winner, overcame Bahoken and N’Jia’s goals for Cameroon in the 41st and 44th minutes.

Also, William Troost-Ekong sealed the deal with a last-minute winner (89th minute) against South Africa in the quarterfinals after a tense 1-1 draw.

In the semifinals, Nigeria faced Algeria in a nail-biting contest. Despite Ighalo’s 72nd-minute penalty, Ekong’s unfortunate own goal and Riyadh Mahrez’s goal in the 90+5 minutes secured Algeria’s spot in the final, as they won 2-1.

Nigeria beat Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place playoff. Odion Ighalo’s 3rd-minute goal was enough to secure victory for the Eagles.