AFCON 2023: Nigerian Fans Cause Internet Meltdown After Super Eagles Upset AFCON Hosts Ivory Coast

AFCON 2023: Nigerian Fans Cause Internet Meltdown After Super Eagles Upset AFCON Hosts Ivory Coast

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at January 19, 2024 at 8:41 AM
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  • Nigeria beat 2023 AFCON hosts Ivory Coast at the Stade Alassane Ouattara
  • A strike from William Troost-Ekong gave the Super Eagles all three points
  • The win firmly puts Nigeria in pole position to book a spot in the next round

Nigerian fans were on cloud nine after the Super Eagles beat 2023 Africa Cup of Nations hosts, Ivory Coast in a cagey heavyweight clash in round two.

Captain, William Troost-Ekong's second-half strike from the spot ensured the three-time African champions recovered from their opening-day setback.

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Nigeria captain, William Troost-Ekong and his teammates celebrate wildly after his goal against Ivory Coast. Photo credit: @CAFOnline.
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The former Watford defender's solitary strike in the 55th minute was more than enough to upset the hosts, who were poised to add Nigeria to their victim list after beating Guinea-Bissau in their opening game.

Despite the deafening noise at the Stade Alassane Ouattara clearly backing the AFCON hosts, the Super Eagles managed to brave the odds to put up a valiant performance to grab all three points at stake.

After the blast of the referee's whistle for full-time, the playing body and the Nigerian technical bench were thrown into a state of frenzy.

They were not the only ones who enjoyed the almost impossible mission, as fans trooped to X (formerly Twitter) to bask in national glory.

How fans reacted after Nigeria's win

@UTDKara wrote:

"Giant of Africa for a reason. Hold that Ghana and Ivory Coast."

Another user, @Goldco69, boldly declared:

"We are winning the Afcon."

@MoorCf corroborated the thoughts of @Goldco69:


@lappoosky, on the other hand, poked fun at the AFCON hosts:

"We don't beat the small teams. We beat the bigger ones."

@UTDMobi added:

"We own Africa."

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast: as it happened

Sports Brief also provided live coverage of Nigeria versus Ivory Coast at AFCON 2023, with the Super Eagles overcoming the host nation.

The West Africans regained their momentum and are on track to advance after a somewhat slim win at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.

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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.