A paradox that heralds Côte d’Ivoire’s to achieve AFCON!

The Côte d’Ivoire national team succeeded in reaching the final of the African Cup of Nations after defeating the Democratic Republic of the Congo 1-0.

The only goal of the match came from Borussia Dortmund star Sebastien Haller in the 66th minute, thus continuing the dramatic journey of the elephants in the “Cannes”.

The hosts will face Nigeria in the final match, after the Eagles beat South Africa in the other semi-final on penalties (4-2).

The trip to Côte d’Ivoire was truly exciting, as the team finished third in its group and was on the verge of exit, had it not been for the miracle of Ghana’s fall to Mozambique.

Côte d’Ivoire qualified from the best third place, setting up a fiery match with Senegal, which it succeeded in overcoming with a draw in the final moments of regular time and then prevailing on penalties.

In the quarter-finals, despite playing with 10 players throughout the match against Mali, the Elephants succeeded in winning 2-1 thanks to a last-minute goal in extra time.

Congo’s victory was hardly dramatic in a game in which Sébastien Desabre’s side were clearly the better side, but the hosts continue their bizarre miracle.

It is noteworthy that Côte d’Ivoire sacked its coach, Jean-Louis Jassy, after a 4-0 group stage defeat by Equatorial Guinea.

The match between Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire will be a repeat of the match that brought them together in the group stage, when coach Jose Peseiro’s squad won 1-0.

The irony that may reassure the Elephants to achieve the title is that the last time the hosts won the Nations Cup was in the 2006 edition in Egypt.

At that time, Egypt met with Côte d’Ivoire in the groups, then the confrontation between them was renewed in the final match, and the Pharaohs won on penalties.

This time, Côte d’Ivoire will meet Nigeria in the final, and they also met in the group stage, as if the same scenario was being repeated and bringing Haller’s teammates closer to the historic title.

Date of the match between Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria in the 2023 African Cup of Nations final

The match between Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.

The start of the match is scheduled for 10 pm Egypt time, 11 pm Mecca time.

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