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  • Writer's pictureNana yaw Dynamic

Late Sebastien Haller strike against Nigeria wins Ivory Coast 2023 AFCON

Ivory Coast became country since Egypt in 2006 to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as host country following their success over Nigeria on Sunday night.

Sebastien Haller, indeed, was the legend for the Elephants who dug out from a deficit to guarantee a 2-1 triumph.

The Borussia Dortmund man, who had likewise scored the semi-last champ only 13 months in the wake of getting back from testicular disease, flicked in Simon Adingra's cross with the toe of his boot with nine minutes left to cover a final part rebound and mix excited festivals in Abidjan.

William Troost-Ekong put Nigeria ahead seven minutes before halftime with a shocking header from nine yards out from a corner.

The Super Birds went into the break with a 1-0 lead and looked sure to guarantee a fourth AFCON title to the detriment of the Ivorians.

Notwithstanding, Ivory Coast returned from the break the more grounded side and pushed for a balancer.

After Adingra's corner, Franck Kessie scored an equalizer at the back post in the 62nd minute without being fouled.

Only couple of moments from full-time, Adingra burst forward down the right prior to sending in a cross which was met by Haller to turn the tie around for Ivory Coast.

The Ivorians won their third continental title with a well-deserved victory following a dramatic run to the final that included the departure of coach Jean-Louis Gasset after two defeats in the group stage.

The West Africans expand on their two Countries Cup triumphs in 1992 and 2015, turning into the primary competition hosts to win since Egypt in 2006.


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