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Three Records Super Eagles set in the 2023 AFCON Final

The Nigerian Super Eagles and their supporters across the world experienced an emotional rollercoaster during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.

Nigeria ultimately lost 2-1 versus Ivory Coast after putting in a strong effort and taking the lead at one point in the game. But the game was more than simply a story of what could have been; it was a historic occasion in which the Nigerian squad, led by vice captain William Troost-Ekong, broke many records.

William Troost-Ekong Makes AFCON History

Troost-Ekong had an outstanding performance the whole competition, which culminated in an incredible feat at the final. Troost-Ekong reached a personal total of five goals in the competition after scoring the game’s first goal against Ivory Coast, bringing his goal total for the 2023 edition to three.

With this achievement, he surpassed the record for goals scored by a Nigerian defender in the tournament’s history, Stephen Keshi, a star in the game of football in Nigeria. This record demonstrates Troost-Ekong’s scoring prowess as well as his crucial contribution to Nigeria’s run to the championship.

Five AFCON Final Losses

The 2023 final marked a less desirable record for the Nigerian national team, as it was their fifth loss in an AFCON final. Previous losses came in the years 1984, 1988, 1990, and 2000.

This record is a testament to Nigeria’s consistency and ability to compete at the highest levels in African football, regularly reaching the final stage. However, it also underscores the heartbreak of falling just short of the ultimate continental glory on several occasions.

Ekong’s AFCON 2023 Heroics

William Troost-Ekong became the only defender/full-back to score three goals in the same CAF Africa Cup of Nations edition since Opta started gathering statistics in 2010, thus cementing his legacy as a player for the Super Eagles.

His remarkable goal-scoring performance from the defensive line is an uncommon achievement that highlights his versatility and offensive mentality. Even though the team did not win the championship, Troost-Ekong’s individual performance in the event was crowned with their recognition as the Player of the event.

While the Super Eagles may not have clinched the AFCON 2023 title, the tournament was a showcase of resilience, talent, and historic achievements for the Nigerian team. William Troost-Ekong’s record-setting performances have solidified his place in AFCON history, and the team’s journey to the final has once again demonstrated Nigeria’s status as a powerhouse of African football. The records set in the 2023 edition will be remembered as milestones in the annals of Nigerian and African football, inspiring future generations to aim even higher.

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