After Sunday night’s match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Ivorians in the capital Abidjan lit fireworks, honked car horns and waved flags amid hopes the first Afcon win in 23 years will help resolve political differences.
Celebrations continued throughout the night and vuvuzelas were still being sounded Monday, while Ivory Coast’s flag could be seen on every minibus and taxi.
RTI, the government-owned TV station, reported ” a day off to celebrate the victory of the Elephants, the heroes.”
The 35-year-old keeper had been recalled for the match, with Sylvain Gbohouo dropping to the bench after five consecutive appearances.
“God has rewarded me,” the keeper also known as Copa said.