AFCON23: Super Eagles Seek Positive Start Against Equatorial Guinea On Sunday

Pegged as one of the exciting Group A encounter, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea will officially kick off their CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 campaign on Sunday afternoon.

The meeting between the two sides promises to be an action-packed affair with the stakes quite high in a tough Group A consisting of hosts Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau.

The Super Eagles, a three time AFCON Champion were flawless in their group stages in the previous edition in Cameroon, but were stunned by Tunisia in the knockout stages who had qualified as the third best team from the group stages.

The star-studded side have learnt from their mistakes and with the likes of CAF Player of the Year, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukueze, Ademola Lookman, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi in the side, despite being dealt a significant blow on the eve of the tournament by losing Bayer Leverkusen’s in-demand forward Victor Boniface to injury and Real Sociedad Umar Sadiq, they will be looking at going all the way in their quest of getting a fourth African title.

Nevertheless, the Nigeria Manager, Jose Peseiro heads into the tournament under some pressure too, having drawn with Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the World Cup qualifying before losing to Guinea in a friendly.

Equatorial Guinea on the other hand are certainly no push overs. They reached the quarter finals during the last AFCON edition which included a shock 1-0 defeat over Algeria and Mali who they knocked out in the round of 16 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Nzalang Nacional (Equatorial Guinea) will be led by captain and striker Emilio Nsue, formerly of Middlesbrough and Birmingham, while young Huddersfield defender Charles Ondo is their sole British-based call-up to AFCON.

The small Central African country who will be playing its fourth AFCON, also made it to quarter-finals in the 2012 edition.

Head to head history and results
The Super Eagles have a 100 per-cent record in this fixture.

Nigeria wins: 3

Equatorial Guinea wins: 0

Draws: 0

The Kick off of the game will take place at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium Abidjan, by 3pm Nigeria time.

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