Seko Fofana celebrates Côte d’Ivoire's special AFCON title

Seko Fofana celebrates Côte d’Ivoire's special AFCON title

Côte d'Ivoire midfielder Seko Fofana says their 4-0 group stage defeat to Equatorial Guinea drove them towards this dream of winning the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.

It was once again that spirit of resilience the hosts showed last night as they came from a goal down to beat West African rivals Nigeria 2-1 in front of an electrifying atmosphere at a sold-out 57 000-seater Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Obimpe, Abidjan.

This is what it means to Fofana, to win the AFCON title on home soil. 

"You know it's not easy because we lost a lot of games during the preparations, and this is what's good because after we changed a lot of things, we came back stronger, and today we are very happy because for some players this is their second win," said Fofana.

"For me, it's my first time participating in the competition and I've won, so I'm very happy and I hope everybody will enjoy this moment."

Coming up against a Nigerian team that had not lost in the tournament and earlier beaten the Ivorians 1-0 in the group stages, Fofana says they showed their quality in this tournament and achieved something that even the great Didier Drogba couldn't do.

"I'm very happy about the success we've [achieved] today. Everything was difficult, and today we showed to everybody that we're a big team," he added.

"Every game was not easy, and Niaja [NIgeria] was a very good team with good players, like [William Troost-]Ekong, [Victor] Osimhen, and we showed everybody that we are the best.

"We are very happy and we hope everybody [from Côte d'Ivoire will enjoy this moment because it doesn't happen everyday."

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