The streets of Ivory Coast continued to remain in festive mood on Tuesday in continuation of the Elephants title parade following their 2-1 win against Nigeria in the AFCON 2023 tournament.
They will be received by the President, Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday.
Since on Monday, tens of thousands of ecstatic supporters flocked the streets of Abidjan for the Ivory Coast’s victory parade.
Similar to their previous Afcon victory in 2015, the Elephants prowled the streets of the nation’s financial hub.
The team, led by Sebastien Haller, who scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Nigeria, sat on a truck that had been customised with a three-star sign to commemorate the Ivorians’ third championship.
Fans gathered on bridges and avenues, many of them ignoring the intense heat to run alongside the winners’ mechanical chariot, as Monday was designated as a public holiday.
The squad entered the Felix Houphouët-Boigny stadium under heavy police protection following a joyous four-hour parade.
The 2024 Afcon champions, all out in orange, the national colour, performed a lap of honour for stands full of supporters while sporting “African champions” t-shirts.
The kind reception they received obviously touched some of the guys.
Following their lap of honour, each player took a turn on the pitch. Max-Alain Gradel, the lone survivor of the last Ivorian team to win the title in 2015, along with Serge Aurier, gave the trophy to the cheering fans.