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AFCON 2023: Michael Essien Applauds Ivory Coast Star Following Victory Against Nigeria
- Michael Essien has heaped praises on Brighton's Simon Adingra
- The youngster emerged as one of the revelations at AFCON 2023
- He provided two assists as Ivory Coast won the African showpiece
Ghanaian football icon, Michael Essien, has extended his congratulations to Simon Adingra, a product of the Right to Dream Academy, for his pivotal role in Ivory Coast's triumph at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
Adingra, currently plying his trade for Brighton in the English Premier League, showcased his talent by starting for the Elephants in the AFCON final against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Sunday night at Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara.
Demonstrating remarkable skill and performance, the 22-year-old played a significant role throughout the match, providing crucial assists for Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller to score in the second half.
These goals propelled the West African giants to stage a remarkable comeback, securing a 2-1 victory over Nigeria and clinching the coveted trophy.
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Essien heaps praises on Adingra
Essien, who shares a connection with Adingra from their time at FC Nordsjaelland, expressed his admiration for the youngster's stellar performance after the match.
“What a player, Felicitation Simon Adingra,” the Chelsea legend wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
How Ivory Coast beat Nigeria in AFCON final
Despite starting strongly with the crowd's fervent support for an early goal, it was the Super Eagles who struck first, courtesy of captain William Troost-Ekong, named the Most Valuable Player of the 2023 AFCON, who capitalised on a corner kick to give his side the lead.
In the second half, the AFCON hosts intensified their efforts and found the equaliser through former Barcelona midfielder, Kessie, who headed home from close range off a corner kick.
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According to CAFOnline, Haller then sealed the comeback with a stylish finish, converting a pass from Simon Adingra.
The Simon Adingra story
Before becoming a Premier League player and an Ivorian pearl, Adingra had to go through an ordeal at just the age of 12 before realizing his dream, Sports Brief reported earlier.
The youngster's family had to raise 300 Euros to pay the man as part of the deal for his son to pursue his football career.