As you’ve probably heard, on the back of Boubacar Barry’s penalty shootout heroics, Ivory Coast is Africa Cup of Nations champion for the first time in 23 years. That means Ivorians are celebrating. A lot. Kinda like retired captain Didier Drogba, or maybe this is his brother Joel. Didier isn’t this skinny …

… only with thousands and thousands of their friends.

For example, this was Abidjan this morning.


Ivorians were climbing over Houphouet Boigny stadium’s walls, eager to welcome Les Éléphants home.


Seemingly understaffed police barriers were no impediment; the fans needed to see their heroes. This morning’s festivities were always going to attract a large, energetic crowd.

But it wasn’t all madness.

Even inside the stadium.

But that’s possibly because the police were finally able to restore some semblance of order.

Although, there were the inevitable scenes, as can happen when a nation goes 8,414 days between continental titles.

Surely, this won’t be the last we see of Ivorians celebrating yesterday’s win. These moments don’t come around very often.

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