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AFCON 2023: Ex-Arsenal star Ian Wright expresses his disappointment during Nigeria’s win over Ivory Coast

The Super Eagles defeated Ivory Coast at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, but Ian Wright was left fuming during the match.

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright is unhappy with the state of the pitch that hosted Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 clash against Ivory Coast.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright slams Nigeria vs Ivory Coast Pitch
Wright took in the action as the two West African giants battled in their second Group A match at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé.

they stunned the hosts, courtesy of an emphatic penalty from William Troost-Ekong after Victor Osimhen was brought down in the box.

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AFCON 2023: Ex-Arsenal star Ian Wright expresses his disappointment during Nigeria’s win over Ivory Coast
Ian Wright slammed the pitch that hosted Nigeria’s win over Ivory Coast at AFCON 2023. Photo Credit: Imago

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AFCON 2023: EX-ARSENAL STAR IAN WRIGHT EXPRESSES HIS DISAPPOINTMENT DURING NIGERIA’S WIN OVER IVORY COAST
AFCON 2023: Ex-Arsenal star Ian Wright expresses his disappointment during Nigeria’s win over Ivory Coast
Joba Ogunwale • 08:30 – 19.01.2024
The Super Eagles defeated Ivory Coast at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, but Ian Wright was left fuming during the match.

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright is unhappy with the state of the pitch that hosted Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 clash against Ivory Coast.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright slams Nigeria vs Ivory Coast Pitch
Wright took in the action as the two West African giants battled in their second Group A match at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé.

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Nigeria took home the three points as they stunned the hosts, courtesy of an emphatic penalty from William Troost-Ekong after Victor Osimhen was brought down in the box.

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The Super Eagles celebrating the only goal of the game as they defeated hosts Ivory Coast in the 2023 AFCON tournament.|| Imago Ivory Coast vs Nigeria player rating || X
But while Nigeria claimed a statement win that took them above Ivory Coast, Wright was not happy with the state of the pitch.

The former England international called the pitch ridiculous in a rant on his official X, formerly known as Twitter, page.

Wright said: The state of this pitch in the Ivory Coast vs Nigeria game!!! Ridiculous #AFCON23.

Wright is right in his assessment, though, as there were few defects on the pitch, which affected both team’s games.

The Super Eagles will hope that is the case, even though their next match is at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny.

Nigeria take on Guinea-Bissau in their final group match but could return to the Stade Olympique d’Ebimpé if they finish top of their group

The Super Eagles are currently second, level on points with the leaders, Equatorial Guinea. But with the Guineans facing Ivory Coasts in their final group match, Nigeria are favourites to finish top of the group

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