The stage is set for a thrilling encounter as Ivory Coast seeks redemption against Nigeria in the highly anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final, with the Ivory Coast coach plotting the downfall of the Super Eagles.
Coach Emerse Fae has unveiled his strategy to dethrone the Super Eagles, hinting at a patient and calculated approach to unsettle their rivals, Footballrover reports.
Seeking Revenge on Home Soil:
Smarting from a 1-0 group stage defeat to Nigeria, the Elephants are eager to turn the tables on home soil.
William Troost-Ekong’s penalty condemned them in that encounter, but Fae believes his team has learned from their mistakes and is ready to roar.
Patience is Key:
“We will be patient,” Fae declared, emphasising the importance of composure in high-pressure situations.
He stressed the need for a strong start, coupled with strategic patience, to disrupt the Super Eagles’ rhythm and create scoring opportunities.
“We will not rush. We will focus on starting the match well and be patient in order to unsettle them,” he said.
Peseiro Sticks to Guns:
Footballrover understands that Nigerian coach Jose Peseiro will still deploy his trusted 3-4-3 formation, aiming to capitalise on the return of key defender Zaidu Sanusi.
Sanusi’s inclusion will strengthen the Nigerian backline, adding another layer of stability against the Elephants’ attack.
Can Ivory Coast tame the eagles? With the roar of their home crowd behind them, Ivory Coast eyes an upset victory.
THE D-DAY IS HERE! ????
It’s the AFCON final and our boys are out for glory! You already know this one you can’t afford to miss!
— Soar Super Eagles (@SSE_NGA) February 11, 2024
However, Nigeria, boasting a strong track record and huge determination, remains a formidable force.
This final promises an enthralling battle, where meticulous tactics and high spirit will ultimately decide the champion.