In a thrilling finale to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast emerged as the champions, stunning Nigeria with a dramatic come-from-behind victory on home soil.
Led by their standout player, Sebastien Haller, Ivory Coast showcased resilience and skill, ultimately securing their third continental title. Haller’s late-game heroics, including the winning goal scored in the final minutes, ignited euphoric celebrations among the home crowd.
Despite Nigeria taking an early lead, Ivory Coast demonstrated dominance throughout the match, culminating in their well-deserved triumph. Franck Kessie’s equalizer and Haller’s decisive strike epitomized the team’s determination and prowess on the field.
This historic win not only solidifies Ivory Coast’s status as a football powerhouse but also marks them as the first host nation to claim victory since Egypt in 2006. Interim coach Emerse Fae’s strategic guidance proved instrumental in steering the team to success, orchestrating memorable victories over formidable opponents in the knockout stages.