IVORY COAST WIN THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS – Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 2-1 in the AFCON final
Hosts Ivory Coast completed one of Africa Cup of Nations’ most memorable comebacks to be crowned champions of Africa for a third time as Nigeria were beaten 2-1 in Abidjan.
Nigeria captain and former Watford centre-back William Troost-Ekong headed the Super Eagles in front against the run of play at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium. Franck Kessie rose at the far post to meet Simon Adingra’s corner to deservedly level matters.
Ivory Coast looked set for an early exit when they lost their final group game 4-0 to Equatorial Guinea but scraped through to the knockout phase before beating Senegal, Mali and DR Congo. But Sebastien Haller met another Adingra cross to superbly flick home the winner for his most important contribution in an Ivory Coast shirt.