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The player, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, was observed sitting on the bench for Côte d’Ivoire during the AFCON final, contravening CAF regulations. The pertinent rules state:

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“Any nation found to have included an ineligible player in the championship match is subject to the cancellation of the match or expulsion.”

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Ultimately, despite this violation, the hosts emerged victorious over Nigeria with a score of 2-1, thanks to a goal by Haller.

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In response to this incident, CAF released a statement, stating:

“Ivory Coast fielded an ineligible player, prompting us to notify them that the match must be replayed. We deemed a rematch more appropriate than awarding Nigeria the trophy. Later today, we will announce the final’s rescheduled time and date.”

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