AFCON AFCON 2023: Angola Vs Nigeria Confirmed Starting XI

Nigeria takes on Angola in the quarterfinal of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday at Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, hoping to avoid the poisoned chalice of the tournament favourites designation.

In the round of 16, the Super Eagles overcame long-standing rivals Cameroon to surpass their performance at AFCON 2021, while the Palancas Negras overcame a novice Namibia team to create tournament history by winning for the first time ever in the knockout stages.

Before Jose Peseiro’s team played their Cup of Nations opener a fortnight ago, there were modest expectations. However, after defeating Cameroon 2-0 in the most recent round, the three-time champions are starting to dream of a fourth crown.

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However, Angola stands in the way of the Super Eagles’ advancement to a second semifinal, and it is unlikely that the southern African country will be an easy opponent for the top-seeded team still in the game.

The South African nation denied the Super Eagles a spot in the 2006 World Cup, demonstrating the history of the Palancas Negras undermining the aspirations of West African nations.

A strong performance to prevent Nigeria from qualifying for the AFCON 2023 semifinals would only be their second Cup of Nations knockout victory, following their first victory over Namibia last Saturday.

Here is how both side line up

Angola Starting XI

Dominique, Jonathan, Gaspar, Vieira, Dala, Carneiro, Ribeiro, Paciencia, Lameira, Afonso, Cafumana

Nigeria Starting XI

Nwabali, Aina, Sanusi, Ajayi, Ekong, Onyeka, Osimhen, Simon, Iwobi, Lookman, Calvin


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