Ivory Coast Wins Africa Cup of Nations, Replaced Coach During the Tournament
Ivory Coast won the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ivory Coast won the championship by beating Nigeria 2-1 in the final match held at the Ebimpe Olympic Stadium in Ivory Coast on Wednesday. It is its third career championship in nine years since 2015.
Ivory Coast started the tournament under the leadership of French coach Jean-Louis Gase, who has been leading the team since 2022. As the competition was held in his own country, he was picked as a strong candidate.
They got off to a good start by overpowering Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in the first group match. However, they lost 0-1 to Nigeria in the second round and 0-4 to Equatorial Guinea in the third round.
Côte d’Ivoire, which was lagging behind in third place in the group, had a dark chance to advance to the round of 16. However, the team revived by securing tickets to the round of 16, which is given to the top four teams in each group.
Ivory Coast made a strong effort to dismiss its coach ahead of the tournament. It promoted its coach Emers Pae to interim coach, continuing the tournament.
The dismissal effect was certain. Ivory Coast advanced to the final by beating Senegal in the round of 16, Mali in the quarterfinals and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the semifinals.
In the final, he wrote an upset drama against Nigeria and won the championship.
Côte d’Ivoire was dragged away by William Truist-Ekon in the 38th minute. However, Frank Kessier scored the equalizer in the 17th minute of the second half, and Sebastian Ale’s winning goal in the 36th minute of the second half made it to the top. 토토사이트