As Elephants clash with Eagles at Alassane Ouattara Stadium, in Ebimpe, Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday
Hosts Cotê d’Ivoire will face off against one of Africa’s giants, Nigeria, in the final of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023.
The clash will draw the curtains down on the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023 in what is expected to be an epic showdown.
Nigeria and Cotê d’Ivoire hope to add to their trophy cabinet.
For Cotê d’Ivoire, this will be their third title should they record a victory against Nigeria.
CAFOnline.com looks at some critical stars that will be instrumental for Cotê d’Ivoire ahead of the final.
He started playing in the knockout stage for Cotê d’Ivoire. Haller has been essential for the hosts anytime he has been introduced.
He showed up perfectly in their semi-final game against D.R. Congo, scoring the only goal and qualifying his team for the final.
The Al-Nassr FC star plays with so much passion for Cotê d’Ivoire he has been the driving force in the middle throughout this tournament.
With his name written in the history books already as the first player to score in the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023, Seko Fofana will be looking forward to making more history and hopefully clinching the trophy for Cotê d’Ivoire.
The host’s secret to having a great game on Sunday includes Fofana having a great time on the pitch.
The 31-year-old defender has much experience and has shown it on the pitch anytime he is selected.
Both on and off the pitch, Aurier has added a lot to Emerse Faé’s side throughout this competition.
He played in Cotê d’Ivoire’s last TotalEnergies CAF AFCON final and knows what it takes to play in stages like this and even conquer it.
Adingra has been Cotê d’Ivoire’s leading man from the bench, causing problems for opponents in the tournament.
He came off the bench in their quarter-final game to score against Mali and help them win.
The Brighton Hove Albion player gives Emerse Faé options on the bench, and he will rely heavily on him in the finals.
Kessié has shown his quality for Cotê d’Ivoire throughout the tournament with great displays.
His late equalizer in the round of 16 and final penalty propelled the host to the quarter-finals after they struggled in the group stage.
With Nigeria’s all-round quality in the midfield, Kessié will be essential for Cotê d’Ivoire’s quest for a third title.