AFCON 2023: Super Eagles fully focused on Sunday’s final – Chukwueze


Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze says he and his teammates are entirely concentrated on Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final against hosts Cote d’Ivoire.

Chukwueze informed reporters following the team’s training session in Abdjan on Thursday that they have shifted their focus from the semi-final victory and are now concentrating on the final match.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria secured a spot in the AFCON final after a thrilling penalty shootout triumph over South Africa.

The Super Eagles emerged victorious with a 4-2 score in penalties following an intense 1-1 draw at the conclusion of 120 minutes.

Meanwhile, hosts Cote d’Ivoire earned their place in the AFCON final by defeating DR Congo 1-0, courtesy of Sebastien Haller’s goal.

“We are no more in a celebration mood at the moment.

“We are trying to recover from the semi-final game against South Africa and focus on the final game against the host country.

“It’s not going to be easy, and no one has told us it is going to be easy.

“But I believe in this team, and we have been fighting right from the start of this tournament.

“It is time to bring the trophy back home,” he said.

Chukwueze said that the team had put together a winning strategy, adding that he and his colleagues were training hard to ensure they implemented it on the field of play.

“Actually, we have already decided to do so many things.

“As a team, we have all spoken about it, including the captain, the coach, and, of course, the players.

“What remains now is for us to start training towards it,” he said.

According to reports, all 25 players of the Super Eagles engaged in recovery training at the Ecole de Police D’Abidjan on Thursday.

During the session, the players primarily focused on jogging and light exercises.

The final match will take place at the Stade Olympique Alassane-Ouattara d’Ebimpé in Abidjan on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. (Nigerian time).