Angola is the next challenge for the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in the quarter-finals of the ongoing AFCON. Nigeria entered the quarters with their 2-0 triumph over Cameroon, while Angola also strolled to the round with their comfortable 3-0 over Namibia on Saturday.
Nigeria is vying for its fourth AFCON title, aiming to match Ghana’s standing as the third most prosperous African nation. Angola is also hoping to win their maiden title in history.
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Nigeria is becoming more formidable as this year’s tournament evolves. The Super Eagles remain unbeaten after winning three in the four games played so far. Equatorial Guinea remains the only team to have breached the defense of the Super Eagles in the competition. Since the draw in the group opener, Nigeria has won three consecutive matches without conceding a goal.
This winning streak stretches to their round of 16 victory against Cameron last weekend. The Super Eagles defeated the Indomitable Lions 2-0 through Ademola Lookman’s brace. The ex-Everton, Fulham, and Leicester midfielder netted a goal in both halves, to ensure Eagles’ advancement to the quarterfinals. This will be the 16th time Nigeria has progressed to the quarter-finals of the AFCON.
Meanwhile, Angola also has a similar record of three wins in four of their AFCON games so far. Their 3-0 thrashing of Namibia in the round of 16 gave them a comfortable victory to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in history. Striker Gelson Dala scored a brace in the game which paved the way for them to make their first quarterfinal appearance in 14 years. Dala’s brace is his second double in the tournament, which makes him the first Angola player to do so in AFCON competition.
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Three victories stand between them and the trophy at this stage. Both teams will understand what they need to do to get it, but it will be a case of who needs it more.
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