The Super Eagles stand to gain a $2.5 million windfall if they manage to defeat Angola.
In the thrilling quarterfinal clash of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Nigerian Super Eagles are poised to face off against the Angolan Palancas Negras. Beyond the continental glory at stake, a staggering N224 billion awaits the Nigerian team if they emerge victorious.
Having secured $800,000 for progressing beyond the group stage, the Nigerian squad added $1.3 million to their coffers by defeating Cameroon and securing their spot in the quarterfinals of the Afcon tournament.
A win against Angola ensures a minimum payday of USD 2.5 million for the Super Eagles. This guaranteed amount applies to both teams that don’t advance beyond the semifinals.
The Nigeria vs. Angola match goes beyond money – it’s filled with history and emotions. For Nigerians, it’s a chance to face the painful memories of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers when Angola defeated Nigeria, crushing their hopes of making it to the World Cup.
For certain players, this match holds a profound meaning as they aim to honor the memory of Samuel Okwaraji, the Nigerian football legend who tragically passed away playing against Angola in 1990. The spirit of Okwaraji is sure to be in the thoughts of the Super Eagles as they step onto the field on Friday.
The Nigeria vs. Angola game is scheduled at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan on Friday, February 2.
The Palancas Negras aim for their first-ever semifinal appearance, whereas Nigeria holds an impressive track record, reaching the semifinals in 15 out of their previous 19 appearances in the competition.