After 120 minutes of intense play, the game was decided on penalties as the regular and extra times could not separate the two sides.
Douala’s Japoma Stadium is set to witness a battle for a place in the quarter-finals.
Ivory Coast has reported at least 77,857 infections and 742 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.
The announcement was made by the Ethiopian Football Federation on the eve of the tournament but the Ivorians included him in their squad for the Cup of Nations anyway.
Didier Drogba drew a large crowd on Saturday eager to watch him submit his candidacy before the deadline for next month’s Ivory Coast Football Federation elections.
Gharib led the national team to U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Final for the first time in the history after Egypt defeated South Africa at the semi-finals.
A new champion will be crowned tonight as Gabon and Nigeria, who failed to advance from the group stage in this edition, won the first two titles.
Over 75,000 fans will be at the stadium on Friday night which will set a new attendance record for this competition.
The stadium gates will be open from 1:00 pm and will close at 6:30 as the closing ceremony will start one hour before the final.
Algerian newspaper "Al Shaa`b" revealed that there is a bridge will be launched between Algeria and Egypt in the coming hours to transfer Algerian fans to Suez.
AFCON quarter-finals started on Wednesday with two matches which ended by victory for Senegal & Nigeria over Benin & South Africa respectively.
Morocco are in Group D with the Ivory Coast, Namibia and South Africa.
Koffi often walks through Koumassi, to collect old mobile phones that he buys from people for 500 CFA francs ($0.8726) a pair.
Ivory Coast painter gives new life to e-waste.
On the hit sitcom "The Good Place," Bambadjan Bamba plays an eternal being in the afterlife.
Ivory Coast artist makes sculptures from her own hair.
Zaha represented England youth teams but at the end he decided to play for Ivory Coast senior team.
Ivorian Ambassador to Egypt Eugène Allou Allou asserted that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara are keen on furthering cooperation between their countries.
An al Qaeda affiliate threatened attacks on Western companies' operations across North and West Africa on Tuesday.
Yaya Toure has pulled out of two friendly internationals over the next week for "family reasons", officials said on Thursday, putting his long-awaited Ivory Coast comeback on hold.