2023 AFCON Finals: Players to watch - Nigeria

By Cafonline
Cup of Nations 2023 AFCON Finals: Players to watch - Nigeria
FEB 11, 2024 LISTEN

The Super Eagles of Nigeria face off against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in an epic showdown of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Final.

The 34th edition of Africa’s biggest football showpiece draws to a close with a battle of African football giants that are looking at adding to their collection of continental titles.

For the Super Eagles, this will be their fourth title should the African football gods smile their way.

CAFOnline looks at some of the key stars that will be instrumental for Nigeria ahead of the final.

  • Stanley Nwabali

The final wall of defense for the Super Eagles. Stanley Nwabali has been a revelation for the Super Eagles in Cote d’Ivoire, producing heroic saves that have seen him only concede one goal from open play enroute to the final.

The Chippa United keeper was also the hero of the day in the semi-final against South Africa where he saved two penalties to usher Nigeria into their finals.

  • William Troost-Ekong

The Super Eagles skipper has provided great on-field leadership from the back. His experience and command as the last line of defense have proven to be crucial in the explosive Nigerian attack.

A man who is always ready to step up and take responsibility, Troost-Ekong is certainly one for the big occasion when the chips are down.

  • Victor Osimhen

The reigning African footballer of the year has played an excellent role for Nigeria. Despite not being able to find the back of the net as much as he would have liked, Victor Osimhen has been troublesome to defenders, also creating goalscoring chances, set pieces and penalties for his side.

The final presents the perfect platform for the hitman to find close off the tournament in style and will be hoping to get a goal or two against the hosts.

  • Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman will certainly be looking at closing off an impressive tournament with one last-star performance.

The dangerman has terrorized defenders with his speed, skill and impassive ability to find goals. Currently on three goals and hungry for more, Lookman is certainly a key figure for the Nigerians as they attempt a fourth continental title.