Ivory Coast Seal AFCON Glory with Victory Over Nigeria

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Elephants Triumph! Ivory Coast Seal AFCON Glory with Victory Over Nigeria

(Abidjan, Ivory Coast) – In a dramatic and emotional final, the Ivory Coast national team have been crowned champions of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating their bitter rivals, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, 2-1. The victory marks a historic moment for the Elephants, who secured their third continental title in front of a passionate home crowd at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.

The contest started cautiously, with both sides showcasing strong defensive lines and limited scoring opportunities. However, the deadlock was broken just before halftime when Nigerian captain rose highest to head home from a corner, sending the Super Eagles fans into a frenzy.

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast Full Time (2-1)

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Undeterred, the Elephants roared back in the second half. Midfielder Franck Kessié leveled the score in the 62nd minute with a powerful strike from outside the box, silencing the Nigerian contingent and igniting the Ivorian celebrations. The momentum shifted decisively to the home side, and their dominance culminated in an 81st-minute goal from striker Sébastien Haller, who capitalized on a defensive error to put the Elephants ahead.

Despite valiant efforts in the dying minutes, the Super Eagles were unable to find an equalizer, leaving the Ivorian players, staff, and fans to erupt in jubilant celebration. The final whistle blew, and the trophy was finally raised by Ivorian captain Serge Aurier, marking the end of a 29-year wait for national glory.

Kessié and Haller Shine for the Elephants:

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Kessié was instrumental in the Ivorian midfield, dictating the tempo and providing the crucial equalizer. Haller’s clinical finish proved to be the match-winner, silencing his critics and cementing his status as a hero for the Ivorian nation.

Super Eagles Fall Short Despite Fighting Spirit:

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While Nigeria’s dream of a fourth AFCON title remains unfulfilled, they can hold their heads high after a spirited performance throughout the tournament. Captain Troost-Ekong’s goal provided a glimpse of hope, but ultimately, the Ivorian team proved too strong on the night.

A Night of History and Celebration:

The victory is a monumental achievement for Ivory Coast, who have finally ended their long wait for continental glory. The jubilant scenes in Abidjan and across showcase the unifying power of and the immense joy this victory brings to the Ivorian people.

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