Cote d’Ivoire declares public holiday to celebrate AFCON win

Cote d’Ivoire has declared Monday, February 12 a work-free day to celebrate its national team for winning the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

The hosts defeated Nigeria 2-1 at the Alassanne Quattara stadium on Sunday night to win their third AFCON title.

The Super Eagles went in front through defenderm William Troost-Ekong eight minutes before the break. But Emerse Fae’s side scored twice after the break through Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller.

The Ivorian government announced that there will be a trophy parade at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan today.

President Alassanne Quattara and other top government officials are expected to be in attendance. The president is also expected to announce a cash reward for the players and their officials during the parade.

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima eulogised the Super Eagles of Nigeria despite the team’s loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the finals at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

Shettima, who watched the game live at the stadium, addressed the players and officials after game, said the they will be rewarded for their gallant effort in the game.

He said in part; We have tried our best and be rest assured that there is always the next time. You must have it in mind that the tragedy of life lies in not reaching your goal but the tragedy lies in not having a goal to reach.

It is not a calamity to die with a dream, but it is a calamity when you don’t have a dream at all. A lot of countries, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and others exited the competition, two, three weeks ago.