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AFCON 2023: Nigeria vs Angola preview, predictions, and possible lineup

The Super Eagles are on the path to securing their fourth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title as they gear up for a quarter-final showdown against Angola’s Palancas Negras.

Having surpassed their AFCON 2021 performance by overcoming perennial rival Cameroon in round 16, the Super Eagles are riding high on momentum. Conversely, the Palancas Negras made history by clinching their first-ever victory in the tournament’s knockout stage, eliminating Namibia.


Leading up to this clash, Jose Peseiro’s team, renowned for their defensive prowess, is rightfully tagged as favourites. However, one must not underestimate the Angolans, who have developed a habit of toppling teams ranked higher than them.

With the stage now set for what promises to be a thrilling encounter, Sports Brief provides an in-depth preview, predictions, and a glimpse at the potential lineups for this highly anticipated clash.

Nigeria vs Angola – preview

Nigeria are thriving under Coach Peseiro’s newly crafted defensive formation, showcasing remarkable comfort and growth.

Once doubted as potential underperformers, the three-time Cup of Nations champions secured a resounding statement with a significant victory over Cameroon.

However, while the Super Eagles are silencing sceptics with their consistently impressive performances, they must not become complacent. The elimination of several tournament favourites highlights the unpredictable nature of the competition.

The upcoming challenge from Angola, known for their giant-killing tendencies, poses a formidable test for the highest-ranked team remaining. Historically, Angola has proven to be a troublesome opponent for Nigeria, particularly evident in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Coach Goncalves’ team, led by the lethal duo of Gelson Dala and Agostinho Cristovao Paciencia (Mabululu), are a potent force in front of goal. Their nine goals in the last four matches at the AFCON underscore their attacking prowess.

For Angola, thwarting Nigeria’s advancement to the AFCON semis would mark their best-ever campaign in the competition’s history. The Super Eagles must stay vigilant and deliver another top-tier performance to overcome this challenging hurdle.

Nigeria vs Angola – prediction

Nigeria has developed a penchant for deploying a compact strategy, relying on the formidable skills of forward Victor Osimhen to unsettle their opponents.

This tactical approach unfolded flawlessly in the encounter with Cameroon, where Osimhen’s dynamic presence posed a constant challenge for the Indomitable Lions’ defence.

In their upcoming encounter with Angola, Nigeria are poised to maintain a similar tactical framework, albeit with a more fluid and versatile offensive strategy. The aim is to replicate the success achieved against Cameroon while introducing a touch of dynamism to their attacking manoeuvres.

On the other side of the pitch, Angola, considered the underdogs in this clash, is anticipated to adopt a reactive stance. This entails absorbing pressure and capitalising on counter-attacks to catch the Super Eagles off guard.

In our analysis of this fixture, we predict Nigeria’s offensive firepower proving overwhelming for the Angolans, ultimately leading to a narrow victory for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria’s possible starting lineup

Stanley Nwabali; Ola Aina, Semi Ajayi, William Troost-Ekong, Calvin Bassey, Zaidu Sanusi; Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi; Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Victor Osimhen.

Angola’s possible starting lineup:

Antonio Signori; Eddie Afonso, Kialonda Gaspar, Jonathan Buatu, Augusto Carneiro; Alfredo Ribeiro, Manuel Cafumana,Valdomiro Lameira;,Felisberto Amaral, Agostinho Paciencia, Gelson Dala.

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