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Opinion - African football soars to new heights at Afcon

2024-02-14  Correspondent

Opinion - African football soars to new heights at Afcon

Sheku Nepembe

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has once again captured the hearts of football enthusiasts worldwide.

Belatedly hosted by Ivory Coast for the second time, the tournament showcased the best of African football prowess, culminating in a thrilling final that crowned Ivory Coast as champions for the third time in their history, following a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against rivals Nigeria.

With matches spanning from 13 January to 11 February 2024, the tournament was a spectacle of skill, passion and sportsmanship.

South Africa secured the third-place position, while DR Congo claimed fourth place in a display of competitive spirit and determination.

One of the standout features of the tournament was the impeccable organisation, with world-class stadiums and efficient officiating, including the seamless implementation of Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR).

Afcon 2023 not only showcased the exceptional talents of African footballers, but also demonstrated the continent’s ability to host major sporting events with precision and flair. From the electrifying atmosphere in packed stadiums to the vibrant display of national pride with fans adorned in their team colours, the tournament captured the essence of African football culture.

For the host, Ivory Coast, the victory was nothing short of a fairytale. Despite facing formidable opposition and entering the knockout stages as underdogs, they defied the odds to claim the coveted title. A thrilling comeback from a 0-1 deficit led to a 2-1 victory in the final, with goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastian Haller sealing their triumph.

Moreover, Afcon 2023 provided a platform for underdog stories, such as Namibia’s historic win against Tunisia, marking this country’s first-ever victory in the tournament. While their journey ultimately ended in the knockout stages, Namibia’s performance served as a testament to the growing competitiveness and depth of African football.

In essence, Afcon 2023 was more than just a football tournament; it was a celebration of African unity, talent and passion for the beautiful game. As the curtains close on another memorable edition, the tournament leaves behind a legacy of inspiration and pride, reaffirming Africa’s rightful place on the global football stage.

Sheku Nepembe is a communications practitioner, football consultant, and founder of the Namibia Football Network.


2024-02-14  Correspondent

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