Ivory Coast crowned AFCON champion

2024-02-13 08:42:24
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.

Thousands of 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.

The Elephants 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.

Ivory Coast’s 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.

Sébastien Haller 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.

(Source: Africanews)

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