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Will Super Eagles be lucky this time?




It is 40 years since Nigeria first lost a title match of the Africa Cup of Nations. Coincidentally, it was in the City of Abidjan as Nigeria lost 3-1 to Cameroon.

Although on a different turf in the same city, a win by Nigeria will atone for the loss in 1984.

It is 24 years that Nigeria lost an Africa Cup of Nations’ final match. That was a bitter loss via penalty shoot-out  to Cameroon on home soil.

Cote d’Ivoire too have tasted defeat in the cup final when they lost to Egypt in 2006 and Zambia in 2012.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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