The Ivory Coast national football team celebrated their recent African Cup of Nations (Afcon) triumph by parading the trophy through the streets of the country’s economic capital, similar to their 2015 victory. The celebrations began with a parade, and the team and fans continued their festivities on the public holiday declared for the occasion.
Despite a challenging journey during the tournament, with one win and two losses in the group stage, the Ivorian team managed to turn things around. Their initial underwhelming performance led to the departure of their French coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, who had been in charge since 2022.
He was replaced by former Ivorian international player, Emerse Fae, who had no prior coaching experience but oversaw a miraculous turnaround for the team. This impressive turn of events saw the Ivorian team defeat the holders, Senegal, in the last 16, and secure victories against Mali in the quarter-finals.
The celebrations are set to continue, with the team and fans also scheduled to be received by the country’s president, Alassane Ouattara.