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2023 Africa Cup of Nations: 5 things we learned on Day 30 - Endgame

Endgame? Sounds like a James Bond film where our monotone-faced hero dispatches baddies as he seeks meaning to the nihilism that adorns his state-sponsored psychopathy. On the subject of investment, the Alassane Ouattara Stadium was in fulgent extravaganza mode as a closing ceremony started the party.

Pyrotechnics

National treasure Alpha Blondy came onto the field and the response was, quite honestly, Pavlovian. They must teach this in schools. Every one rose and started singing and being happy. We found it quite unsettling. Fireworks went off too. Really. We also got several artists performing Coup de Marteau, which has become the unofficial song of the tournament mainly because you can dance and cavort to this one rather than the official one - Akwaba - which is still a lovely tune. Still, the question was with all the fireworks would the final be something of a damp squib?

Final session

Initially, yes. So all credit then to the Cote d'Ivoire team for displaying guts to come from behind and beat Nigeria 2-1 to claim a third continental crownI - the same number as Nigeria. Only Ghana with four, Cameroon with five and Egypt with seven are ahead in the charts. A third title seemed so unlikely a few weeks ago when the Ivorians were on the verge of elimination. And their passage through the knockout stages has been so fraught. Seeminly out in the last-16 and te quarter-final, they have not yielded. Back they have come like zombies - their nickname for this tournament. It makes what makes this victory so filmic.


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