Ivory Coast etched their name deeper into footballing history on Sunday night, securing a thrilling 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.
Nigeria drew first blood through William Troost-Ekong in the 38th-minute, but the resilient Ivoirians refused to surrender. Their fighting spirit materialized in the 62nd minute when Franck Kessié levelled the score, igniting the passionate home crowd and shifting the momentum. The decisive moment arrived in the 81st minute as Sébastien Haller found the back of the net, securing the coveted trophy for Ivory Coast.
This marks Ivory Coast’s third AFCON trophy after their victories in 1992 and 2015.
This victory resonates deeply with the Ivorian nation, marking a significant comeback after a challenging group stage. The team’s collective spirit and unwavering determination shone through in the knockout rounds, culminating in this historic achievement.
Celebrations are sure to sweep across the nation, honouring the Elephants’ dedication and solidifying their position as a dominant force in African football