Angola, on the other hand, has been stellar in the ongoing competition, finishing first in their group and making light work of Namibia in the Round of 16.
The match promises to be an interesting one given how determined both teams are to win the AFCON title, and especially given their peculiar head-to-head records.
Angola vs Nigeria: Head-to-head
Nigeria wins: 3
Angola wins: 2
Angola’s first-choice goalkeeper, Adilson Neblú was given a straight red card for handling the ball beyond his penalty area in the 16th minute of the game over Namibia.
António Signori who replaced him in the game will most likely start against Nigeria.
Midfielder Beni Mukendi earlier left Angola’s camp to return to his Portuguese club, Casa Pia, after having limited playing time in Ivory Coast.
For Nigeria, Stanley Nwabali sustained an injury in the second half of their match against Cameroon and is doubtful for the Angola game.
If he fails a late fitness test, head coach Jose Peseiro may rely on Francis Uzoho to replace the Chippa United goalkeeper.
Captain William Troost-Ekong is also a potential injury risk, otherwise, the team is in good health.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Nigeria vs Angola is scheduled for a 6 pm Nigeria time kick-off on Friday, February 2, 2024.
The match will take place at Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium.