Kessie scored to tie the game against Nigeria and celebrated in his usual style. The Ivory Coast team won their third continental title, marking the first time the host nation had won since Egypt in 2006. The victory was sealed with goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller in the second half, overturning Nigeria’s 1-0 lead at halftime due to a goal by their captain, William Troost-Ekong.
In a tweet, Kessie expressed his excitement at being champions of the continent. Lastly, he shared a personal anecdote about his father, who was a footballer in Ivory Coast before serving in the army and eventually passing away when Kessie was 11.