Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning spot-kick to put Nigeria within touching distance of a fourth continental crown and first since 2013, though 1992 and 2015 champions Ivory Coast have been on quite the journey themselves over recent weeks.
The hosts sacked their manager Jean-Louis Gasset after a disastrous 4-0 defeat by Equatorial Guinea that looked to have ended their campaign at the group stage, but they squeezed through as a best third-place team before knocking out holders Senegal and then Mali.
Sebastien Haller scored the only goal of the game as Ivory Coast edged out DR Congo in the second last-four meeting on Wednesday night.
Here’s everything you need to know about the AFCON final, which is a repeat of the match-up from Group A, when William Troost-Ekong’s penalty settled the game for Nigeria.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Nigeria vs Ivory Coast is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off today, Sunday February 11, 2024.
The Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan will host the final.
Where to watch Nigeria vs Ivory Coast
TV channel: The final will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC Three, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.
Live stream: The BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and Sky Go app (to subscribers) will offer a live stream service online.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the final action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Nigeria vs Ivory Coast team news
Nigeria XI: Nwabali, Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey, Aina, Onyeka, Iwobi, Sanusi, Chukwueze, Lookman, Osimhen
Subs: Aribo, Awaziem, Iheanacho, Moffi, Musa, Omeruo, Onuachu, Onyedika, Osayi-Samuel, Simon, Uzoho, Yusuf
Ivory Coast XI: Y. Fofana, Aurier, Kossounou, Ndicka, Konan, Seri, Kessie, S. Fofana, Gradel, Adingra, Haller
Subs: Amani, Bamba, Boga, Diakite, Diallo, Diomande, Kouame, Krasso, Pepe, Sangare, Sangare, Singo
Nigeria vs Ivory Coast prediction
Nigeria were once again not at their best against South Africa, thinking they had wrapped up the game at 2-0 only for the goal to be chalked off and Bafana Bafana to be awarded a penalty for a foul in the build-up that was converted to force extra time.
But they held their nerve thereafter to triumph on penalties and tee up a tantalising clash with resurgent Ivory Coast in the final.
It’s hardly been vintage stuff from them in the knockouts either, but they have their belief back after a rotten loss to Equatorial Guinea and caretaker boss Emerse Fae deserves a lot of credit.
This will likely be a tense and cagey final decided by the odd goal, as was the group contest last month, but it also would not be a surprise to see it go all the way to extra time and penalties.
Nigeria to win, 1-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
The two sides now have an identical head-to-head record following Nigeria’s narrow win in the group stage.
Nigeria had previously lost four of their previous six meetings against Ivory Coast.
Nigeria wins: 9
Ivory Coast wins: 9
Nigeria vs Ivory Coast match odds
Nigeria to lift trophy: 19/20
Ivory Coach to lift trophy: 10/11