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Ivory Coast Stun Nigeria 2-1 to Claim AFCON 2024 Crown

Ivory Coast claimed a dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the 2023 AFCON final, defying adversity and their underdog status to lift the trophy on home soil.

Sebastien Haller, a hero in his own right after battling back from testicular cancer, headed the winning goal in the 81st minute.

This capped a remarkable comeback for the Ivorian striker and his team, who had only scraped through the group stage and fired their coach before the knockout rounds.

Nigeria, despite taking the lead through Troost-Ekong, were pegged back by Kessie’s header and eventually succumbed to Haller’s late heroics.

Both sides reached the final through last-minute drama, but it was the Elephants who triumphed in the dying moments.

This victory represents a fairytale turnaround for Ivory Coast, led by interim manager Emerse Fae who masterminded an improbable run to glory.

Despite conceding just twice prior to the final, Nigeria’s usually resolute defense couldn’t withstand the sustained pressure from the inspired hosts.

This AFCON final will be remembered for its drama, emotion, and the incredible story of Ivory Coast’s redemption.