FRANCE 24 delegate to Ivory Coast – Fans and some players of the Ivory Coast national team, champions of the 2024 African Cup of Nations, did not forget to mention and thank Morocco during their celebration of the continental title on Sunday night, immediately after the Mauritanian referee, Dahane, blew his whistle. The “Elephants” had secured their presence in the last 16 finals in the place of the last team among the four qualifying teams, by occupying third place in the group stage.
Ivorian fan Ismail Kone told France 24 shortly after the match against Nigeria, which saw the host country win its third continental title after defeating Nigeria 2-1 on Sunday evening in the final. African Cup of Nations Football In Abidjan: “We are African champions! We have three stars,” and one of his friends added: “We said beforehand, the cup is here and it will stay here.” Another fan said, with tears of joy filling his eyes: “I am very happy. My country is at the top of Africa. Thank you to the elephants and thank you to God.”
But everyone remembers that puberty Cote d'Ivoire The knockout rounds were the result of Morocco's victory over Zambia in the third and final round of the group stage, and Franck Kessa's teammates were in a critical position after they lost to Nigeria 0-1 in the second round of the first group competitions and then to Equatorial Guinea 0-4 during the third round, and thus They needed the Atlas Lions to beat Zambia to qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.
Therefore, the Moroccan flag was present in the stands of the stadiums in which the “Elephants” played in Abidjan, Yamoussoukro and Bouake, until the exciting final against Nigeria on Sunday evening. Striker Max-Alain Gradel played an honorary role at Hassan Ouattara Stadium after the coronation, carrying the Moroccan flag, sparking cheers and applause from the fans.
Fan Suleiman Kone said: “Long live Ivory Coast, thank God and thank Morocco.” Another added in Arabic: “Thank you very much, thank you, my brother, thank you, my brothers.”
The entire Ivorian people continued to stress Morocco's “credit” in qualifying their team to the final eight at the end of the group stage on January 24 (with the sixth group matches that included Morocco). Another fan said after leaving the stands of Hassan Ouattara Stadium with the Moroccan flag on his shoulder: “We went from everyone’s ridicule to winning the continental title, and this is thanks to Morocco. We love you, Moroccans.”
Another fan concluded by saying: “We will celebrate the title until the 35th edition,” scheduled to be held in 2025 in Morocco.
In addition, Meziani, Romain and Kiss were sent by France 24 to Ivory Coast