Nigeria vs Angola Preview:

What to expect and who to look out for.

It’s been an entertaining ride for both sides up to this Quarter-Final stage and this promises to be an action-packed match with both sides hoping to progress to the penultimate stage.
This match will see the Best Defensive team in the tournament (Nigeria) come against the Best Attacking Team (Angola); Nigeria has conceded the fewest goals (Only 1 goal) while on the other hand Angola (and Equatorial Guinea) has scored the highest amount
of goals(9 goals). These two teams have been unbeaten thus far, but unfortunately the end of the game will also be the end of the tournament for the losing team.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will no doubt be the favourite as they boast a more attractive and talented squad, but they would do well to not
underestimate the Angolan team who have proven themselves to be no pushovers in this tournament. The tournament as a whole has also shown that there are no ‘Small teams’ as we have seen the top 5 ranked African Teams have all been eliminated.

Who to look out for
William Troost-Ekong:
No doubt most eyes would be on the star player for Nigeria, Victor Osimhen, who is currently the African Footballer of the year. However the Super Eagles achievements have been built on a rock-solid defense, spear-headed by William Troost-Ekong. As things stand they can boast of being the team to have conceded the least amount of goals, conceding just 1 goal in the 4 matches played so far. This astounding feat can also be attributed to the fact that they play with 5 at the back, but that takes nothing away from the commanding presence of Ekong.

Past Meetings
The two teams have played each other 3 times with Angola winning 1 and holding Nigeria
to a draw in the other 2 games (although in one of the draws, Nigeria later won in
the 30 mins Extra-Time). So in essence Nigeria will have to be wary of the fact that
they have not beaten Angola before in the 90 mins regulation time.

Details for the game
Date: Feb. 2,2024
Time: 6:00pm (West Central African Time)

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