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AFCON 2024: Cote d’Ivoire Beats Nigeria To Win 3rd AFCON Title



Cote d'Ivoire Beats Nigeria To Win 3rd AFCON Title |

The just concluded Africa Cup of Nations took place in Ivory Coast, and there was an incredible roller coaster ride for the hosts as they went from near-total embarrassment to champions of the continent.

The mighty Elephants of Ivory Coast triumphed over Nigeria in a thrilling match on Sunday, taking home the Africa Cup of Nations trophy for a record-breaking third time! After falling behind early, the Ivorians showed true grit and determination, coming back with two goals to snatch victory from the claws of the Super Eagles.  It was a dramatic turnaround and a historic win for the Ivory Coast team and their fans.

Haller hits winner as Côte d'Ivoire beat Nigeria to take AFCON title - Africa Cup of Nations

While Nigeria hadn’t lifted the trophy since 2013, they were hungry for their fourth win, having triumphed in 1980, 1994, and 2013. Cote d’Ivoire, champions in 1992 and 2015, also dreamed of glory. The match kicked off with a bang! Nigeria’s defender, William Troost-Ekong, thumped in a header in the 38th minute, sending the crowd into a frenzy. But Cote d’Ivoire wouldn’t give up easily.

Even though they were behind, Ivory Coast kept their heads held high and controlled most of the game (they had the ball 65% of the time!). They kept working together beautifully, passing well and moving the ball quickly. They fought back and equalised in the 62nd minute with a powerful header from Franck Kessie. He ran to the corner, hand raised in a triumphant salute, as the orange-clad crowd erupted in joy. Both goals were headed beauties—exciting displays of aerial skill!

Who is Sebastien Haller? The Ivory Coast AFCON hero

The final saw Ivory Coast’s relentless pressure finally pay off! Haller’s goal from Adingra’s cross sent the packed 60,000-seat stadium into a frenzy at the obvious victory. Haller, who had already scored once after overcoming an ankle injury, found the net, and this goal was especially meaningful as it came just a year after his recovery from cancer.

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It was a major victory for him, both on and off the field.

The small group of Nigerian fans in their green and white barely stood a chance against the roaring home crowd.

How 'lucky' Ivory Coast emerged AFCON winner against all odds

Haller’s winning goal sparked celebrations that will echo through the night in Abidjan and across the entire nation of 27.5 million people!

Nigeria, despite their strong defence, let in the same number of goals in the final as they had in the entire tournament put together. Their coach, José Peseiro, had hoped for a strong defence to bring home their fourth title.

“We played great, but Ivory Coast was just better today,” Peseiro admitted. He felt the pressure on his players, praising the home team for staying calm under fire.

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Rhasidat Adeleke: How Rich Is The Irish-Born Nigerian In 2024?



Rhasidat Adeleke: all to know about the Irish-born Nigerian |

Nigerian athletics fans, meet Rhasidat Adeleke! This 21-year-old has been making waves in the world of sprinting. She was born in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland, on August 29, 2002, with Nigerian heritage.

She’s become a record-breaker with her impressive speed on the track. We’ll explore her career highlights and achievements, but first, let’s get to know her a bit better.

Here’s the breakdown of Rhasidat Adeleke’s profile:

  • Full Name: Rhasidat Adeleke
  • Age: 21 (born August 29, 2002)
  • Hometown: Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters)

Rhasidat Adeleke’s journey on the track began early.

Born in Dublin to Nigerian parents, she always had a talent for running. She honed her skills locally, quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, leaving competitors in her dust.

At 17, Adeleke’s competitive career officially started with a win in the junior sprint double at the Irish Schools championship. A year later, she claimed her first major title in the senior category at the national outdoor championships. This was just the beginning!

Adeleke went on to break records and win medals on the international stage. A highlight was her double win in the 100m and 200m at the European U20 Championships in 2021.

Rhasidat Adeleke: boyfriend (personal life)

Despite her success, Adeleke stays focused and keeps pushing herself. She trains hard, driven to reach her full potential and inspire future generations of Irish and Nigerian athletes.


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While Adeleke keeps her personal life private, with social media mostly dedicated to athletics, it seems she’s currently single and laser-focused on her blossoming sprinting career.

Rhasidat Adeleke: net worth?

Rhasidat Adeleke is proving to be a powerhouse both on and off the track. While her record-breaking speed has made her a star in the world of athletics, she’s also cultivated a savvy business mind.

By leveraging her growing fame, Adeleke has built a strong personal brand that’s attracted major corporations. This strategic move has resulted in lucrative endorsement deals and sponsorships with companies like Allianz, KPMG, and the sportswear giant Nike.

These partnerships, combined with the prize money and recognition that come with her athletic achievements, have contributed to an estimated net worth between $2-5 million in 2024.

This impressive figure speaks volumes about Adeleke’s potential not just as a world-class sprinter, but also as a future business leader who understands the value of her brand. Indeed, Adeleke is a well-rounded young woman with a bright future ahead of her, both on the track and in the world of business.

Rhasidat Adeleke: achievements

Also, according to the World Athletics Organisation, the Irish-born Nigerian athlete is on the path to greatness based on her impressive records and achievements.


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  • World U20 Silver Medalist
  • 1-time European 4x400m Champion
  • 2-time European U20 Champion
  • 1-time European U18 Champion
  • Holds Irish U20 Records
  • Irish Record Holder in 200m and 400m
  • 3-time NCAA Champion
  • 3-time National Champion
  • 1-time National Indoor Champion


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As Adeleke looks ahead, she is focused on competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics, where she will represent Ireland. Her goal is to win gold, and the world is excited to see what this exceptional Irish-Nigerian track star will achieve next.

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Benin Republic Defeats Super Eagles, As Nigeria’s Finidi George Fails



Super Eagles risk losing world cup qualification match |

Big upset in African soccer! Nigeria’s Super Eagles, a strong team usually expected to qualify for the World Cup, is in danger of missing out for the first time in decades. The problem? A surprising loss to the Benin Republic, a much less-favoured team nicknamed the “Cheetahs.” This defeat dropped Nigeria to fifth place in their qualifying group. They desperately needed a win to stay on track, but Benin pulled off a shocking 2-1 victory.

Things are looking tough for Nigeria. They’re now four points behind the leader. That gap could widen to five points if another team wins their next match.

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Nigeria Vs South Africa: When And Where To Watch World Cup Qualifying Match



When & where to watch Nigeria vs South Africa match |

The Nigerian national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, are facing off against South Africa in a World Cup qualifier match. This important game is happening in Nigeria, and the Super Eagles are looking to take the top spot in their group.

This isn’t the first time these two teams have met recently. Earlier this year, Nigeria beat South Africa on penalties during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semifinal, although they ultimately lost the final to Ivory Coast. The Super Eagles are hoping to repeat their success against South Africa and continue their journey towards qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

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