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  • Writer's pictureNana yaw Dynamic

2023 Africa Cup of Nations: Côte d’Ivoire boss Emerse Fae wins Best Coach Award

Emerse Fae has been named the Best Coach of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the wake of driving Côte d'Ivoire's recovery story at the competition.

The 40-year-old former international player was designated caretaker coach after the host country was almost eliminated from the competition following a 1-0 loss to Nigeria and an embarrassing 4-0 misfortune to Equatorial Guinea.

When Fae took over, he beat Mali in the quarterfinals with an incredible comeback victory in overtime, easily defeated DR Congo in the semifinal, and then defeated the defending champions, Senegal, in the round of 16.

The Elephants mounted a unimaginable rebound prevail upon top picks Nigeria in the last at the Alhassane Ouattara Arena in Abidjan to lift the prize with a 2-1 win.

William Troost-Ekong had put Nigeria ahead seven minutes before the finish of a cagey first half when the middle back rose most elevated to head in from nine yards out following a corner capably.

Franck Kessie gestured in the adjuster in the 62nd moment when he was left plain at the back post from Adingra's corner.

Adingra again put in a perilous cross from the left for Sebastian Haller to net the champ.

The Ivorians won deservedly to clinch a third continental title after a remarkable run to the final that included the departure of coach Jean-Louis Gasset after two losses in the group stage.

The West Africans add to their past Countries Cup wins in 1992 and 2015 and become the main competition hosts to win since Egypt lifted the prize in 2006.

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