William Troost Ekong penalty converted in 55th was what Super Eagles of Nigeria needed to defeat host Nation, Cote Divoire, in the second match of the group A encounter at the ongoing 2023 Africa cup of Nations.
Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan, erupted with jubilation by Nigeria supporters immediately the center referee pointed to penalty spot and it was even more intense when the captain Ekong slotted the ball to back of the net calmly resulting from foul committed by Diomande on reigning African footballer of the year, Victor Osimhen.
The two teams created many chances afterwards but was unable to convert them. Nigeria defence was water tight with unmatched performance from Ola Aina, Calvin Bassey and Troost Ekong.
Nigeria currently occupies second position on the log after two matches with four points same with Equatorial Guinea who is at the submit but with superior goal difference, host Nation, Ivory coast, is in third position with three points while Guinea Bissau is at the rock bottom with no point after two matches.
Nigeria will face Guinea Bissau on Monday 22nd January 2023 by 5pm at Stade Felix Houphouet- Boigny stadium.