Supercomputer Predicts AFCON 2023 Winner After Morocco, Senegal Elimination

Supercomputer Predicts AFCON 2023 Winner After Morocco, Senegal Elimination

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at January 31, 2024 at 4:15 PM
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  • The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations favourites have been sent packing from the tournament
  • Nigeria is now ranked to take over as the new favourites
  • Only eight teams are left in the competition due to end on February 11

Opta’s supercomputer has given the Super Eagles of Nigeria the highest win probability of the remaining eight teams in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

This means Nigeria are the odds-on favourite to claim their fourth Nations Cup title following the elimination of superpowers like Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, Algeria, and Ghana.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been tagged as the favourites to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations by Opta. Photo by Anadolu.
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According to Opta, Nigeria has a 29.5% likelihood of winning the 2023 AFCON, nearly doubling the next favourite, Ivory Coast, who has a 15.4% chance of winning the title on home soil.

Mali is the third-best team on the favourites list, with the Eagles given a 12.6% chance of winning their first-ever AFCON title, while Angola, DR Congo, South Africa, Cape Verde and Guinea complete the order.

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Winners of the Nigeria versus Angola game will meet the winners of Cape Verde and South Africa game in the other pool of the quarterfinal draw before the final match scheduled for Abidjan on February 11.

Furman backs Nigeria for title

Meanwhile, Former Bafana Bafana captain Dean Furman has backed the Super Eagles of Nigeria to go all the way and win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, All Nigeria Soccer reports.

If Nigeria and South Africa defeat dark horses Angola and Cape Verde in the quarterfinals, they might play each other in an enticing semifinal at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake.

Interestingly, the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana have been defensively solid during the 2018 AFCON, keeping three consecutive clean sheets.

Nigeria warned against underrating Angola

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ifeanyi Udeze, an ex-Nigeria international, warned the Super Eagles against underestimating Angola, predicting they would be a difficult team for the three-time AFCON champions to handle.

Nigeria is looking to overcome an 11-year drought in the Nations Cup, with their previous victory coming in 2013 when they defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final.

The Black Antelopes have been one of the tournament's surprise teams, with Pedro Goncalves' team having yet to lose in all four matches.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu
Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..