African Cup of Nations: when players put God at the center

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On January 22, the Ivory Coast Elephants observed a time of prayer before playing their match against Equatorial Guinea during the Africa Cup of Nations. The players and even the supporters seem to have decided to put God at the center of this competition. 

The African Cup of Nations (CAN) is a competition organized by the Confederation of African Football which takes place every two years. This year, it is held in Ivory Coast, from January 13 to February 11.

In a post published on Instagram on January 22 and on the media L-frii, we can hear the prayer of the Ivory Coast team before entering the field to play their match against Equatorial Guinea in this competition. Together, they thank God for accompanying them during this match. 

Ivorian Father Marius Hervé Djadji, also prayed for the Elephants team after their qualification in the round of 8 on January 25. He asked God to “protect” their country and give them consideration for “other peoples”. 

“Lord, continue to protect our country and all those who are among us. May the Best win. To you the glory, to you the honor and to us the humility and the consideration of other peoples.”

For his part, the Congolese player Chancel Mbemba, shared on his Facebook account on February 4, the Congolese flag accompanied by a message, in which the athlete said he was giving "glory" to God for the victory of the Congolese team against to Guinea on Friday February 2 in the quarter-final. 

Some supporters also put God at the center of this sporting competition, as evidenced by a video posted by the media Press Ghana on X, on January 17. Before the match between Ghana and Egypt, supporters gathered to pray for their team. 

The two CAN semi-finals will take place on February 7. Nigeria will play a match against South Africa, while DR Congo will face Ivory Coast. 

Melanie Boukorras 

Image credit: Shutterstock / Hussein Abokadah

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