Ivory Coast crowned AFCON champion
Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations to complete a stunning comeback after finishing third in the group stage and sacking manager Jean-Louis Gasset, and appointing untested Emerse Fae.
Sebastien Haller scores winner in final
against Nigeria barely 18 months after testicular cancer diagnosis.
jubilant Ivory Coast supporters were taking to Abidjan’s city streets on Monday
to celebrate the country’s Africa Cup of Nations victory.
Blowing whistles and
vuvuzelas, singing and chanting, the supporters poured out of commuter buses
near the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny Stadium, where many then ran to arrive in time
for the culmination of the team’s victory parade through the city.
defeated Nigeria 2-1 in Sunday’s final to claim the country’s third title after
wins in 1992 and 2015. It set off unbridled celebrations that lasted through
the night in Abidjan and beyond.
progression to the final remained fraught with setbacks as it overcame the
firing of its coach and claimed very late come-from-behind wins over defending
champion Senegal and Mali in the knockout stage.
fired the team into the final with the winning goal against Congo in the
semifinals, then scored the winner against Nigeria in the final.
Emotion got to the
Borussia Dortmund forward after the game. It’s just over a year since Haller
returned after cancer treatment.