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Will Super Eagles overcome Cote d’Ivoire and win the cup again?




The three times that the Super Eagles won the Africa Cup of Nations, they avoided defeat to Cote d’Ivoire. Is history trying to repeat itself?

En-route Nigeria’s first win in 1980, they played goalless draw with Cote d;ivoire. When they won again in 1994, they eliminated Cote d’Ivoire in the semi-finals.

On their way to winning in 2013, it was au revoir Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter-finals. Already, Cote d’Ivoire have tasted the bitter pill of defeat from the Super Eagles in the current edition.

A win again this Sunday night confirms the assertion that Nigeria wins the cup when they avoided defeat to Cote d’Ivoire.


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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