Ivory Coast striker Sebastien Haller has issued a rallying cry ahead of Sunday’s TotalEnergies CAF AFCON final against Nigeria, asserting that the highly anticipated clash will be a markedly different affair from their previous encounter in the group stage.
Reflecting on their earlier 1-0 defeat to the Super Eagles, Haller emphasized the distinct nature of a final match, expressing confidence in his team’s ability to rise to the occasion.
“There is a difference between playing a group match and a final,” remarked the determined striker, underlining the mutual advantage both teams possess from having faced each other previously.
Anticipating a stern challenge from the Nigerian side, Haller acknowledged the strength of their opponent’s defensive line but remained resolute in his belief that the Ivorian squad possesses the firepower to pose significant problems.
Haller’s return from injury has been instrumental in Ivory Coast’s journey to the final, with the Ajax frontman praising the team’s resilience amidst adversity.
“Our journey has strengthened our bonds within the group,” Haller remarked, highlighting the squad’s collective growth throughout the tournament.
As Ivory Coast aims to clinch their first AFCON title since 2015 on home soil, Haller’s performance is poised to be pivotal.
With his sights set on lifting the trophy, the striker’s determination to deliver on the grandest stage could prove decisive as the Elephants pursue their elusive third African crown.
With Haller in top form, Nigeria’s defense faces a daunting challenge in containing the relentless attacking threat he poses.