Côte d’Ivoire achieves a historic milestone with a remarkable performance as host and winner
In a stunning remontada, Cote d’Ivoire emerged victorious in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, defeating Nigeria 2-1 in a thrilling final in Abidjan.
As the host of the tournament, the Elephants’ triumph was nothing short of miraculous, especially considering their challenging journey to the final after going behind thanks to William Troost-Ekong header to give the Super Eagles the lead.
Franck Kessie’s crucial equalizer injected fresh energy into the Elephants and Haller’s decisive goal in the final added another chapter to his remarkable story.
Qualified in the group stage thanks to a wild card victory of Morocco against Zambia, their resilience shone through in the knockout stages, with dramatic victories over defending champions Senegal and Mali, marked by late equalizers that showcased the team’s fighting spirit.
The triumph not only solidified Cote d’Ivoire’s position in football history but also marked the dawn of a new era characterized by strength and resilience for the West African nation.