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Simon Adingra wins AFCON final MOTM award in Côte D’Ivoire’s third triumph

by Lesley Ngwa
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Brighton and Hove Albion’s Simon Adingra has been named TotalEnergies Man of the Match following his exceptional input in Côte D’Ivoire’s 2-1 comeback win against Nigeria to secure his nation’s third Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title.

The CAF technical study group on duty in the game at the Allasane Ouatarra stadium settled for the 22-year-old on the night he assisted both goals as the hosts secured their third AFCON title.

Adingra who was included in the Côte D’Ivoire squad for the tournament despite his injury proved it was a worthy decision especially this evening.

Adingra provided the assist for Frank Yannick Kessie to equalize after William Trust-Ekong had put Nigeria ahead.

Adingra on his best night in the competition connected with Sebastian Haller for the second goal for the hosts with nine minutes from the end of regulation time to make it 2-1.

The game finished 2-1 as Côte D’Ivoire won their first AFCON title and Adingra won his first match of the match award in the final of the 34th edition of the AFCON.

Adingra whose introduction in the Ivorian squad despite his injury created a tense atmosphere between the Ivorian Football Federation and his club ended up being the main man for his nation in their latest triumph. He scored the winner in the quarter-final triumph against Mali making it three goal contribution while Haller who also entered the tournament with an injury scored the winner in the semi-final and the final to complete an Ivorian fairy-tale story.

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