Nigeria vs Ivory Coast: AFCON final prediction, kick-off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h, odds today

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast: AFCON final prediction, kick-off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h, odds today

The final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations sees Nigeria look to deny Ivory Coast victory on home soil tonight.

The Super Eagles had made relatively light work of all before them at this year’s AFCON but were forced into a dramatic penalty shootout by a dogged South Africa side in the semi-finals.


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

Draws: 10

Ivory Coast wins: 9

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast match odds

Nigeria to lift trophy: 19/20

Ivory Coach to lift trophy: 10/11