Interim manager Emerse Fae shared his thoughts on the Elephants’ triumph following goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller. He described it as a “fairy tale” ending and expressed his difficulty in fully comprehending the achievement. According to the *Daily Mail*, Fae stated, “It is more than a fairy tale.
I am struggling to take it all in. When I think about all we have been through, we are miracle survivors. We never gave up and we managed to come back from so many tough blows.”
The individual accolade winners of the AFCON were revealed on CAF’s website. William Troost-Ekong, the Super Eagles defender and on-field captain, claimed the Best Player award. South Africa’s No.
1 Ronwen Williams scooped the Best Goalkeeper award, recognized for his penalty-saving heroics against Cape Verde at the quarter-final stage. Ivory Coast’s Simon Adingra, who assisted twice in the final, claimed the Best Young Player prize. Additionally, Fae was handed the Best Coach accolade.