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Late Sebastien Haller strike against Nigeria wins Ivory Coast 2023 AFCON on home soil

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Ivory Coast made history on Sunday night as they became the first host nation since Egypt in 2006 to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The Elephants secured a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in a thrilling final match, with Sebastien Haller once again proving to be the hero.

After falling behind to a stunning header from William Troost-Ekong, Ivory Coast rallied back in the second half. Franck Kessie equalized in the 62nd minute, and with just minutes left on the clock, Simon Adingra’s cross met the toe of Haller’s boot, securing the win for Ivory Coast.

This victory marked Ivory Coast’s third continental title, building on their previous victories in 1992 and 2015. It was a well-deserved triumph for the Ivorians, who overcame challenges earlier in the tournament, including the departure of coach Jean-Louis Gasset after two defeats in the group stage.

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The win also marked a significant milestone for the tournament, as the Ivorians became the first host nation to win the AFCON since Egypt in 2006. The victory sparked frenzied celebrations in Abidjan, as the nation rejoiced in the historic achievement.

Overall, it was a dramatic and memorable run to the final for Ivory Coast, culminating in a well-deserved victory as they clinched the AFCON title on home soil.

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Dickson Ofori Siaw
Dickson Ofori Siawhttp://ighanaian.com/journalist/dickson
Dickson Ofori Siaw is an experienced Ghanaian journalist who has worked with credible news outlets, including Ghanafuo.com where he serves as the Head of Content and Editor-at-Large. He also serves as the Editor at iGhanaian.com
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