AFCON 2023: Fans Storm Streets in Abidjan on Horses Ahead of Ivory Coast vs Guinea Bissau Tie, Video

AFCON 2023: Fans Storm Streets in Abidjan on Horses Ahead of Ivory Coast vs Guinea Bissau Tie, Video

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at January 13, 2024 at 2:59 PM
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  • Ivorian fans are stopping at nothing to make sure AFCON 2023 is worthwhile
  • Fans took to the streets of Abidjan in majestic fashion ahead of the opening game
  • The hosts, Ivory Coast, will cross swords with Guinea-Bissau on Saturday, Jan 13

Abidjan- Côte d’Ivoire - As the kick-off for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations approaches, Ivory Coast, the host nation, is immersed in palpable excitement, anticipating a football festival.

The Elephants, making their 25th appearance at the continental showpiece, are hosting the rest of Africa for the second time in the competition's history, the first being 40 years ago.

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Ivorian fan riding horse predicts 2-0 in favour of his national team ahead of AFCON 2023 opener against Guinea Bissau. Photo credit: Babajide Orevba/Sports Brief.
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This unique occasion has sparked widespread enthusiasm and celebration on the streets of Abidjan, the country's major urban centre.

Excitement builds ahead of AFCON opener

Flags of the 24 participating nations adorn virtually every corner, creating a colourful display. The locals proudly don their orange Ivorian jerseys, reflecting the anticipation for the opening game.

The two-time champions are set to face Guinea Bissau at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, per the Standard, in a match deemed crucial for the home fans.

Ivorians have taken to the streets of Abidjan to announce their intentions of making the 34th edition of the AFCON a memorable event, the Guardian reports.

Fans storm Abidjan streets on horses

Amidst the vibrant atmosphere, some enthusiasts blow the effervescent vuvuzelas reminiscent of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Meanwhile, more overt fans, expressing their joy at the tournament's return to their land after almost half a century, chose to ride on horses adorned in their national team colours.

While fervent support will undoubtedly play a significant role in the country's pursuit of a third crown, it remains imperative for coach Jean-Louis Gasset and his team to meet the expectations set for them.

AFCON 2023: Previewing Group A

Sports Brief also reported that Group A stands out as one of the most challenging groups in the competition, featuring three-time African champions Nigeria alongside hosts Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.

The prevailing sentiment among fans and football pundits is that the Elephants and the Super Eagles are the frontrunners to secure the top two qualification spots.

The Elephants aspire to follow in the footsteps of Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Sudan, aiming to become the ninth country to host and win the competition.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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