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AFCON 2023 Host Nation Triumphs: Ivory Coast Secures Third AFCON

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02/12/2024

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In a thrilling final, Ivory Coast emerged victorious against Nigeria, winning 2-1. Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller’s goals sealed the triumph, overcoming William Troost-Ekong’s early lead for Nigeria. The stunning victory achieved 18 days after manager Jean-Louis Gasset’s departure, marked Ivory Coast’s third AFCON win.

Watch the highlights:

Key Moments:
– Troost-Ekong’s early goal for Nigeria.
– Kessie’s equalizer in the 62nd minute.
– Haller’s decisive goal in the 81st minute.

The journey to victory:
– Interim coach Emerse Fae’s strategic leadership.
– Round of 16: A thrilling penalty shootout win against Senegal.
– Quarter-finals: Oumar Diakite’s 122nd-minute winner against Mali.
– Semi-finals: Beating DR Congo 1-0.
– Finale: Overcoming Nigeria in a spectacular showdown.

Individual Honors:
– Ecobank Best Goalkeeper: Ronwen Williams (South Africa).
– Air Côte d’Ivoire Fair Play Team Award: South Africa.
– Puma Golden Boot: Emilio Nsue (Equatorial Guinea, 5 goals).
– Puma Silver Boot: Gelson Dala (Angola, 4 goals).
– Puma Bronze Boot: Mostafa Mohamed (Egypt, 4 goals).
– TotalEnergies Man of the Competition: William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria).
– Best Young Player: Simon Adingra (Ivory Coast).
– Best Coach: Emerse Faé (Ivory Coast).

Despite the Super Eagles’ disappointment, the 2023 AFCON showcased incredible talent, sportsmanship, and memorable moments. Congratulations to Ivory Coast on their well-deserved victory!”

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