The party was today due to go on for Simon Adingra in Abidjan.

The Albion and Ivory Coast winger has become a national hero and a rising international star.

And he says it is one of the most beautiful moments of his life.

Adingra was named man of the match as he helped hosts Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 2-1 in the final of AFCON.

His two assists, including classic wing play to set up Sebastien Haller’s winner, also helped confirm him as the young player of the tournament.

Adingra and colleagues were yesterday feted by hordes of adoring fans on a tour of the capital Abidjan after a national holiday was declared.

They will be received at the president’s palace by the head of state Alassane Ouattara today.

Adingra said: “We did it together – we’re Africa champions and it’s incredible.

“I’ve just experienced one of the most beautiful moments of my life and that’s down to the effort of everyone in the team.”

The former Nordsjaelland prospect, who only turned 22 last month, will have seen his profile rise considerably in the last few days.

Albion signed him in 2022 for a reported £6 million, which already appears a major bargain, and he is under contract with the club until 2026.

His international debut came less than a year ago and he has made a smooth adaptation to the Premier League, despite usually playing on his less-favoured right wing.