Abuja - The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has congratulated the Ivory Coast for winning the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations.
The Elephants, as the team is popularly known, have recently been crowned football champions of the continent after the 9-8 penalty shootout victory over fellow West Africans Ghana.
The 30th edition was staged in in Equatorial Guinea.
Ouédraogo, in goodwill message issued from the headquarters of the regional body in Abuja said the winner deservedly won the continent’s prime football competition.
“The Elephants have deservedly won the continental title, which had eluded them for 23 years. The entire population is celebrating in unison in every Ivorian town and village, and I am deeply touched and delighted,” he said.
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The ECOWAS chief congratulated the Ivorian Head of State, Alassane Ouattara, and the Elephants opponent in the AFCON final the Black Stars of Ghana.
He said Black Stars players, besides their talents, showcased a true spirit of fair play throughout the competition.
He also commended Ghana's mid-fielder Andre Ayew and his team mate Christian Atsu for winning the tournament’s leading scorer and best player awards respectively.
“I am proud to note that two West African teams contested the CAN final. Every West African citizen joins the Ivorian people in celebrating this victory," Ouédraogo said.
"West Africans have shown that selflessness and perseverance are home-grown values and irrespective of the challenges confronting our Community, we are endowed with the necessary resources to ultimately win.”
- CAJ News