Brighton Fan Travels From UK to Abidjan to Watch Simon Adingra Win AFCON With Ivory Coast: Video

Brighton Fan Travels From UK to Abidjan to Watch Simon Adingra Win AFCON With Ivory Coast: Video

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Simon Adingra helped Ivory Coast win their third AFCON title
  • A Brighton fan travelled from England just to watch the winger
  • Adingra joined the English Premier League team last summer

A Brighton and Hove Albion fan travelled thousands of miles to watch winger, Simon Adingra, play for Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

The fan, in his Seagulls kit, could not hide his joy after the 21-year-old starred as the host nation came from behind to beat Nigeria and win the tournament.

Adingra served up the assists for both Ivorian goals and was a menace for Nigeria defender, Ola Aina, who failed to contain him down the flank.

Brighton's Simon Adingra celebrates winning the AFCON trophy with his Ivory Coast teammates.
Brighton's Simon Adingra celebrates winning the AFCON trophy with his Ivory Coast teammates. Credit: @CAF_Online/ @AimeAtti_.
Source: Twitter

The Right to Dream Academy graduate's corner on the hour mark was met by Franck Kessie for the leveller before Sebastien Haller poked in the winner from another cross from the youngster.

In a video shared on social media, an excited Brighton fan joined the celebrations at the Stade Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe, Abidjan.

"Yeah, all the way from England, from Brighton - for Adingra. The Seagulls," he was heard saying in the video.

Adingra's performance earned him the Man of the Match in the final and he was also the Best Young Player at the Tournament, as reported by My Joy Online.

Adingra's journey to the top

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Adingra played a key role for Ivory Coast as they resurged from the brink of elimination to win the AFCON trophy on home soil.

The Brighton winger had missed the early stages of the competition due to injury but recovered in time for the knockout stages, proving decisive for the Elephants.

Haller scores winner in AFCON final

Sports Brief also reported that Haller scored the winner as Ivory Coast came from a goal down to beat Nigeria in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles took the lead before half-time through William Troost-Ekong, but Franck Kessie levelled after the break before the game was put to bed.

The host nation dominated the early exchanges of the final, with the Brighton forward coming close to scoring after meeting a cross on the left by Adingra.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.