Sébastien Haller recovered from testicular cancer and emerged as a hero of the Africa Cup: “That serious illness, and then come back like that….”

Sébastien Haller celebrates the Africa Cup with Dominique Ouattara, the first lady of Ivory Coast — © AFP

The special story of Sébastien Haller has moved the football world. The striker went through a deep valley a year and a half ago when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, bounced back and became the hero of Ivory Coast on Sunday evening by scoring the winning goal in the final of the African Cup against Nigeria. “The joy we see now is what is happening in the country. I really hope it does a lot of people good,” said the match winner after the final in a seething stadium in Abidjan.

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