Nigeria vs Côte d’Ivoire: Sanusi back in starting XI as Chukwueze replaces Simon

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Jose Peseiro has unveiled the starting XI for the much-anticipated final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) against Cote d’Ivoire.

The Super Eagles gaffer has made two changes to the side that defeated South Africa in the semi-final.

The Portuguese tactician excluded Nantes winger Moses Simon from the starting line-up, placing his trust in AC Milan’s Samuel Chukwueze.

Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali will be supported by a sturdy back three comprising William Troost-Ekong, Calvin Bassey and Semi Ajayi.

Alex Iwobi is to be the anchor of the Nigerian midfield, dictating the game alongside Frank ‘The Tank’ Onyeka.

Taking charge on the attacking front are Italy-based forwards Victor Osimhen and Ademola Lookman.

Fit-again Zaidu Sanusi takes the place of Bright Osayi Samuel while Ola Aina will take charge at the other side of the wing back.

The game will kick off at 9pm Nigerian time.

Super Eagles Starting XI.

Stanley Bobo Nwabali
Semi Ajayi
William Troost-Ekong (C)
Calvin Bassey
Zaidu Sanusi
Ola Aina
Alex Iwobi
Frank Onyeka
Ademola Lookman
Samuel Chukwueze
Victor Osimhen


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