Côte d'Ivoire's triumph at the 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations brings many historical figures up to date. SNA brings you the facts and figures behind Côte d'Ivoire's victory and Nigeria's defeat, with the help of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) website.
Emerse Faé is the first coach to win the AFCON, even though he wasn't originally a coach, and the youngest technician to be crowned at 40 years and 18 days.
With Côte d'Ivoire's victory, it's the 12th time in 34 episodes that a host country has won the AFCON.
With Nigeria's defeat by Côte d'Ivoire in the final, the Super Eagles equal the Ghanaians in the number of lost finals (5), (1984, 1988, 1990 and 2000, 2023).
Emerse Faé is the first ever coach to win a CAF Africa Cup of Nations without having started the edition as his team's head coach.
Nigeria attempted just five shots in the final, their lowest total in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations match since Opta began collecting this data (2010).
Nigeria's William Troost-Ekong is the first defender to score three goals in a single edition of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations since Opta began collecting this data (2010).
William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria) and Sébastien Haller (Côte d'Ivoire) are the first players to score in a CAF semi-final and final in the same edition of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations since Gedo with Egypt in 2010.Ivorian Simon Adingra is the first player in the 21st century to make two assists in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.
At 36 years and 73 days, Ivorian Max-Alain Gradel became the oldest outfield player to have played in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations final since Opta began collecting this data (2008), and the second oldest overall behind Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary (37 in 2010 and 44 in 2017).
Côte d'Ivoire also became the first team to be crowned champions after conceding 2 defeats in the group phase.
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 11, 2024