Sebastien Haller scored a goal for Ivory Coast in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final, helping the Elephants come from behind to win the title. The striker had netted the semi-final winner 13 months after his return from testicular cancer. The Ivorians secured their third continental title with the victory, adding to their previous Nations Cup wins in 1992 and 2015. The West Africans spent over $1 billion on hosting the tournament, investing in infrastructure, and welcoming Ivorian President Alassane Outtara to post-match celebrations.
Ivory Coast’s journey through the knockout stages included victories over defending champions Senegal and Mali. Ivory Coast spent over $1 billion on hosting the tournament, investing in improving infrastructure in the country. Nigeria, the three-time continental champions themselves, had previously been unbeaten at the finals, including a 1-0 win over the Ivorians in the group stage.
The Elephants received $7 million in prize money, while Nigeria was handed $4 million by the Confederation of African Football. The tournament, which was delayed due to weather concerns in West Africa, will live long in memory after a record number of goals, unrelenting upsets, and an apparent capacity for unceasing drama. The hosts, who appeared on the brink of an early exit after a shock 4-0 defeat by Equatorial Guinea in their final Group A outing, managed to instill renewed belief after inheriting a side that was given a second life as one of four best-ranked third-placed sides.
Fae, who was part of the Ivory Coast side that finished runners-up to Egypt in 2006, has now won Africa’s biggest prize in just his fourth game in senior management. The resilience of Haller’s side was underlined as the hosts held their nerve after falling behind against the run of play in front of a sea of oranges in the final.