AFCON: Original Video of Goalkeeper Accused of Wearing Charm Said to be Ivory Coast's Shot-Stopper

AFCON: Original Video of Goalkeeper Accused of Wearing Charm Said to be Ivory Coast's Shot-Stopper

  • The claim that the goalkeeper of the Ivory Coast wore charm in their match against Nigeria's Super Eagles at the 2023 AFCON final has been verified
  • Several media outlets fact-checked and debunked the claim while giving multiple evidence
  • A recent video showed that the Ivorian keeper, Yahia Fofana, might have been mistaken for Abdoulaye Diakhate, an ASC Jaraaf playing wearing some elements in the said shared picture of the AFCON winner goalkeeper

The 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) ended with a three-goal thrill, with the host Ivory Coast defeating the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1.

However, there have been allegations on social media that the Ivorian keeper, Yahia Fofana, wore a charm in the AFCON final.

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Video of goalkeeper allegedly wearing a charm Photo Credit: Yahia Fofana
Source: Twitter

Prominent Nigerians, including ex-lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani and veteran journalist Reuben Abati, shared the report on social media.

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Nigerians claim Ivory Coast Keeper wore charms

In a tweet on Wednesday, February 14, Shehu Sani called on FIFA to investigate the allegation and satirically threatened that Nigeria would be going to competitions with their traditional magicians.

His tweet reads:

"FIFA should investigate the alleged use of Juju by the Ivory Coast Goalkeeper as circulated in the images and take measures. If Fifa fails to do so, next time, we should go with the crew of our native Doctors."

Abati also made the same claim in a tweet:

"Video of Ivorian goalkeeper allegedly 'wearing juju' during AFCON final sparks speculation [VIDEO]"

AFCON final: Details of goalkeeper wearing charm

However, some media outlets fact-checked the claim and confirmed that the goalkeeper in the viral video was not Ivorian but Senegalese with a jersey number 16 and titled "ASC JARAAF."

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In a video seen by, the goalkeeper's name is Abdoulaye Diakhate, who plays for ASC Jaraaf, a Senegalese football club.

He wore an element that looked like the alleged charm during one of his celebrations after a match.

However, could not independently confirm whether the element worn by the goalkeeper was a charm or not.

Below is the video:

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Wigwe: Obi wants Eagles to win AFCON earlier reported that Peter Obi, the Labour Party flagbearer in the 2023 presidential election, urged the Super Eagles to win the 2023 AFCON final for Herbert Wigwe.

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Obi disclosed that he had cancelled his trip to watch the AFCON final in Abidjan to mourn the late banker, and Super Eagles beating Cote d'Ivoire would provide more solace.

Wigwe, the chairman of Access Holdings, died in a helicopter crash along with his wife and son in California, USA.


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