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Nigeria vs Ivory Coast LIVE SCORE: Afcon final latest updates as Elephants face Super Eagles TONIGHT for glory

What a story!

Sebastian Haller might complete one of the best stories in football tonight.

The striker looked to be set for stardom when he joined Borussia Dortmund from Ajax in the summer of 2022.

All looked set for him to kick on in his career, before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer as a 28-year-old.

Not only has he overcome that setback in spectacular fashion, scoring on his return to football on World Cancer Day, but he now has the chance to become an African champion too.

Leading the line for Ivory Coast comes with bags of pressure, following in the footsteps of the likes of Didier Drogba, and it will be no easy feat beating Nigeria.

Even though they lost to the Super Eagles early on in the tournament, they will still be well up for this, and no doubt Seb Haller will be vital if they can get their hands on the trophy tonight.

You would just love to see him do it, wouldn’t you?

Seb Haller scored on his return to football on World Cancer Day
Seb Haller scored on his return to football on World Cancer DayCredit: Getty

Ivory Coast starting XI

Fofana, Aurier (C), Kossounou, Ndicka, Konan, Kessie, Seri, Fofana, Gradel, Haller, Adingra

Sebastian Haller will go toe to toe with the Nigerian defence
Sebastian Haller will go toe to toe with the Nigerian defenceCredit: Reuters

Nigeria’s starting XI

Nwabali, Ekong (C), Ajayi, Bassey, Zaidu, Onyeka, Iwobi, Aina, Lookman, Chukwueze, Osimhen.

Victor Osimhen leads the line for Nigeria
Victor Osimhen leads the line for NigeriaCredit: Reuters

The fans are ready

Are you ready for the final at home?

They are certainly ready out in Cote d’Ivoire!

The fans are ready for Nigeria vs Ivory Coast
The fans are ready for Nigeria vs Ivory CoastCredit: Reuters

Welcome back, AFCON fans!

Good evening and welcome to the 34th rendition of the Africa Cup of Nations Grand Final!

This is the second meeting between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire in this tournament, following an early 1-0 victory for the Super Eagles when they met in the group stage of the competition.

History does NOT bode well for the great nation that has produced talents such as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, as they have only beaten them once at AFCON since a 1-0 win in the 2008 group stages.

This year could be different though, and in a final anything can happen, ultimately it comes down to who has the man for the big occasion!

Let’s get ready to rumble!

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