AFCON 2023: Ivory Coast vs Nigeria: History, Stats and Facts

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As the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournament’s second round of group games begins today, one fixture that will have football fans on the edge of their seats is the clash between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. These football powerhouses are set to reignite a historic rivalry, with a storied past that has witnessed moments of brilliance, heartbreak, and sheer intensity on the pitch.

Historical Encounters

The rivalry between Nigeria and Ivory Coast spans decades, featuring matches that have been as electrifying as they are unpredictable.

One of the most iconic moments in their rivalry was during the 1994 AFCON semifinals. In a match that left spectators breathless, Nigeria emerged victorious in a penalty shootout, securing a spot in the final.

However, Ivory Coast has had its share of triumphs. The 2008 AFCON quarterfinal clash saw them defeat Nigeria.


January 11, 2015 Nigeria 0-1 Ivory Coast International Friendly
July 27, 2013 Ivory Coast 2-0 Nigeria CAF African Nations Championship
July 6, 2013 Nigeria 4-1 Ivory Coast CAF African Nations Championship
February 3, 2013 Ivory Coast 1-2 Nigeria CAF Africa Cup of Nations
January 21, 2008 Nigeria 0-1 Ivory Coast CAF Africa Cup of Nations

Stats and Form:

Both teams boast impressive records in the tournament, with Nigeria having clinched the title three times (1980, 1994, and 2013) and Ivory Coast securing it twice (1992 and 2015). The teams’ journeys in recent AFCON editions have seen them consistently reach the latter stages, underlining their status as continental powerhouses.

Players to Watch:

The pitch will be graced by some of the finest football talents in Africa. Nigeria’s forward, Victor Osimhen, has been in scintillating form, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess. On the Ivory Coast side, the goal-poaching Haller and the experienced Kessie with flair and skill that can turn the tide of any match.

Ivory Coast
2 – 0
vs Guinea-Bissau (H)
13 Jan 2024
Africa Cup of Nations Group A
5 – 1
vs Sierra Leone (H)
6 Jan 2024
International Match
1 – 1
vs S. Africa (H)
17 Oct 2023
International Match
1 – 1
vs Morocco (H)
14 Oct 2023
International Match
1 – 2
vs Burkina (A)
19 Nov 2022
International Match
4 – 0
vs Burundi (H)
16 Nov 2022
International Match
1 – 1
vs Equatorial Guinea (H)
14 Jan 2024
Africa Cup of Nations Group A
0 – 2
vs Guinea (A)
8 Jan 2024
International Match
3 – 2
vs Mozambique (A)
16 Oct 2023
International Match
2 – 2
vs Saudi Arabia (A)
13 Oct 2023
International Match
0 – 4
vs Portugal (A)
17 Nov 2022
International Match
0 – 2
vs Costa Rica (A)
10 Nov 2022
International Match

Whether you’re a fervent supporter or a neutral observer, one thing is certain – this match is bound to deliver moments that will be discussed and remembered for years to come. It will definitely be a showdown, and football fans across the continent are eagerly awaiting the drama, passion, and skill that will unfold on the AFCON pitch tonight by 6:00 PM Nigerian time.

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