Ivory Coast celebrates Afcon win with Moroccan gratitude

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On Sunday, Ivory Coast lifted the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations trophy after edging out Nigeria 2-1 in the final. In a surprising gesture, the triumphant Elephants celebrated their victory by proudly displaying the Moroccan flag alongside their own.

Several Ivory Coast players, including one spotted running with the flag during celebrations, held it aloft while receiving the trophy. The Moroccan flag was also shown on the stadium screens, met with cheers from the crowd.

This act of gratitude stemmed from Morocco's crucial group stage win against Zambia, which inadvertently helped Ivory Coast, as the tournament hosts, qualify for the knockout stage. As one of the four highest-ranked third-placed teams, they advanced.

It's worth noting that Morocco's journey ended in the round of 16 after a defeat to South Africa.

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