Ahead of the 2023 AFCON final clash, Côte d’Ivoire striker Sebastien Haller has said the Elephants will go into Sunday’s AFCON 2023 final against Nigeria’s Super Eagles with revenge in mind.
Looking ahead to the big clash, Haller said via BBC Sport Africa, “It’s a final and you’re there to win it. We’ll analyze everything to gain our revenge.”
The Borussia Dortmund striker reflected on his team’s journey in the competition, the striker admitted the home fans have played a huge role for them to have come this far.
“The public certainly pushes us in every moment,” he said. “When the public is there and makes noise and pushes us, that makes the difference.
“We knew we had the potential to succeed and go far in the competition. The quality on the field is all over. There were lots of things missing from the start of the competition, and we have been trying to find the things that were missing to perform.”
Cote d’Ivoire, the AFCON 2024 host, booked their place in the final with a 1-0 win over DR Congo.
Sébastien Haller scored the goal that took the Elephants into Sunday’s final against Nigeria.
Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria met in the group stage, where the Super Eagles won 1-0, courtesy of a penalty from William Troost-Ekong.
The host country’s path to the final was turbulent. It performed poorly in its group matches, defeated by Nigeria 1-O and humiliated by Equatorial Guinea 4-0.
The Elephants will look to win a third AFCON title when they confront Nigeria at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan on Sunda