Nigeria have been predicted as favourites to win the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations as they prepare to face Angola tonight in the quarter-finals in Cote D’ivoire.
The Super Eagles defeated the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the last-16 stage, with former Everton youngster Ademola Lookman scoring brace.
Angola, meanwhile, started the tournament slowly but have gathered momentum, albeit against nations they should be beating in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Namibia, and this will be their toughest test to date.
Nigeria clash with Angola is scheduled for a 5pm GMT kick-off, Friday, February 2.
The match will take place at Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium.
Super Eagle’s head coach, Jose Peseiro will continue with his 3-4-3 formation. Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali trained ahead of the game after picking up an injury against Cameroon, but William Troost-Ekong remains a doubt.
Ademola Lookman was back in the starting lineup against Cameroon and scored both goals, so will keep his place alongside Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze.
Angola will be without first-choice goalkeeper Neblu after his red card in the last game. Signori Antonio will deputise.
Nigeria is reputed to have the better team on paper and the pedigree to match, so the Super Eagles are expected to make a strong start as they look to put the game to bed in normal time and avoid the energy-sapping extra time.