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Ivory Coast Wins AFCON 2023: Defeats Nigeria 2-1 in Final

Abidjan, Ivory Coast: The hosts of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Ivory Coast, have been crowned champions for the third time after defeating Nigeria 2-1 in a thrilling final played on the night of Sunday, February 11th, 2024.

Nigeria took the lead early through William Ekong in the 37th minute, but Ivory Coast equalised through Franck Kessie in the 62nd minute. Striker Sebastien Haller then secured the victory for the Elephants with a winning goal in the 78th minute.

This triumph marks Ivory Coast’s third AFCON title, following their previous victories in 1992 and 2015. It’s also the first time a nation has claimed the AFCON trophy three times since Egypt in 2010.

The match was a nail-biter throughout, with Nigeria starting strong and taking the lead early. However, Ivory Coast displayed resilience and fighting spirit to come back and win the game.

The Ivorian players erupted in joy after the final whistle, knowing they had made history by claiming their third AFCON title.

Ivory Coast fans turned out in their droves to support their team and celebrated the victory throughout the night.

Ivory Coast’s victory is a sign of progress for African football. African teams are constantly improving and are increasingly challenging the best in the world.

Match Highlights:

  • Date: Sunday, February 11, 2024
  • Venue: Stade National d’Abidjan, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Teams: Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria
  • Result: Ivory Coast 2-1 Nigeria
  • Goalscorers:
    • Ivory Coast: Franck Kessie (62′), Sebastien Haller (78′)
    • Nigeria: William Ekong (37′)

Conclusion:

Ivory Coast’s triumph at AFCON 2023 signifies the advancement of African football. African teams are continuously improving and are becoming more competitive on the global stage.

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