In a thrilling showdown at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Ivory Coast clinched their third Africa Cup of Nations title with a dramatic victory over Nigeria, thanks to Sebastien Haller’s heroic late goal.
Despite facing initial setbacks, including a mid-tournament coaching change following a disappointing group-stage defeat, Ivory Coast, affectionately dubbed ‘the Zombies’ under caretaker boss Emerse Fae, staged an incredible comeback.
Nigeria initially took the lead through William Troost-Ekong’s header, but Ivory Coast rallied back with Franck Kessie’s equalizer in the second half, setting the stage for Haller’s triumphant moment.
The resurgent Ivory Coast team displayed remarkable resilience and determination, dominating the second half with their aggressive play and cohesive strategy.
The electrifying atmosphere in the stadium mirrored the intense battle on the pitch, as fans witnessed a captivating clash between two football powerhouses.
For Haller, who overcame cancer to make a decisive impact, his match-winning goal displayed the spirit of perseverance and triumph against hardship.
As the final whistle blew, Ivory Coast celebrated a well-deserved victory, etching their name once again in the archives of African football history.