AFCON2023: Super Eagles Face Off Angola in Quarterfinal Clash: Preview, What to Expect, Team News, Venue and Kick-off Time

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As the sun sets today over the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Cote D’IVoire, the battleground will also be set for what promises to be a pulsating quarterfinal clash between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Angola’s Palancas Negras. Both teams have pushed through the tournament with impressive performances, setting the stage for a showdown that football fans are eagerly anticipating.

Match Preview

Nigeria had a great victory against Cameroon in the previous round, and now they are aiming to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2019.

Boasting a superior head-to-head record against Angola, with three wins, five draws, and two losses in their eight encounters, the Super Eagles enter the match as slight favorites.

The team’s tactical prowess, especially in the 3-4-3 formation, has been a defensive stronghold, conceding just one goal thus far. With wingbacks and wingers combining effectively, Nigeria’s attack has found its rhythm, as evidenced by their two-goal performance against Cameroon. The clash against Angola presents an opportunity to solidify their newfound goal-scoring form.

Angola, on the other hand, defeated Namibia to reach this stage and they have the opportunity to make it to the semifinals for the first time in their history.

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Operating primarily in a 4-3-3 formation, they have proven to be one of the most prolific attacking teams in the competition, netting nine goals.

Although they conceded three goals in their opening two games, Angola has tightened its defense, keeping clean sheets in subsequent matches. The majority of their attacking prowess stems from the right flank, setting the stage for a dynamic clash against Nigeria’s sturdy defense.

What to Expect

The Super Eagles will most likely continue using their 3-4-3 formation, which has been effective in defense, having conceded only one goal so far. They rely on their wingbacks and wingers to create width and score goals.

Angola, on the other hand, prefers a 4-3-3 formation and has been one of the best attacking teams in the tournament, scoring 9 goals. They have improved their defense and have not conceded any goals in their last matches.

This promises to be an exciting game and one that should be enjoyed by all fans.

Confirmed Team News

Ahmed Musa and Bright Osayi-Samuel will undergo late fitness tests to determine if they can play in the match. Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali is expected to be available for selection after recovering from an injury.

Angola will be without goalkeeper Neblu, who is serving a one-game ban due to a red card in the previous match against Namibia.

Key Players

1. Calvin Bassey (Nigeria): The left-footed center-back has been outstanding for the Super Eagles and will play a crucial role in maintaining their defensive strength against Angola’s attacking prowess.

2. Ola Aina (Nigeria): The former Chelsea defender has been impressive both defensively and offensively. He will face another tough challenge and needs to perform well to help Nigeria qualify.

3. Gelson Dala (Angola): Dala has been the top scorer in the tournament and will be a key player for Angola’s chances of advancing to the semifinals.

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4. Tó Carneiro (Angola): The left-back has been a standout player for Angola and will have an important role in the match, especially in his face-off against Ademola Lookman.

Venue and Kickoff Time

The match will take place at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny and is scheduled to kick off at 6:00 PM Nigerian time.

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