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keeper Barry wins Cup of Nations for Ivorians

IVORY COAST 2015 AFCON CHAMPIONS

BATA, Equatorial Guinea, February 8- Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the decisive goal as Ivory Coast ended a 23-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought by winning 9-8 on penalties after the final ended 0-0 following extra time.

History repeated itself as the only other Ivorian title came in 1992 when they edged the Ghanaians, also on penalties after a goalless draw.

It was a highly tactical and cagey climax to the biennial African football showpiece in Equatorial Guinea city Bata.

Billed as a ‘dream’ final between the west African neighbours, it became the fourth decider in the last eight to finish goalless and be settled by spot-kicks.

Ivory Coast and Ghana made one change each from the teams that started in convincing semi-final victories over the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea respectively.

Ghana captain and star striker Asamoah Gyan passed a late fitness test on his injured hip and returned in place of semi-final scorer Jordan Ayew, a son of Black Stars legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew.

Ivory Coast switched goalkeepers with fit-again veteran Boubacar Barry recalled and Sylvain Gbohouo dropping to the bench after five consecutive appearances.

Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and CAF president Issa Hayatou were introduced to the teams before the national anthems.

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The pre-kickoff mood was extremely jovial with rival players warmly greeting each other as they went through the traditional shaking of hands.

Quicksilver Ivory Coast winger Gervinho appeared particularly relaxed and threatened twice in the early stages as Ivory Coast were quicker out of the blocks.

However, Ghana comfortably dealt with both threats and when African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure had a free-kick opportunity outside the box on 14 minutes, he shot tamely at Razak Braimah.

Almost immediately, Ivorian midfield enforcer Serey Die was deservedly yellow-carded by the Gambian referee for a studs-up foul on Mubarak Wakaso.

Sloppy Ghanaian passing close to their goalmouth offered Gervinho a chance to present Max-Alain Gradel with a sight of goal, but his powerful shot finished well off target.

After soaking up the early pressure, Ghana adopted a more adventurous approach and came tantalisingly close to taking the lead on 25 minutes through Christian Atsu.

The pacey winger won possession just outside the box and his swerving shot eluded the diving Barry only to rebound to safety off the post.

Ivory Coast were rescued by the woodwork again nine minutes before half-time when Andre Ayew — an elder brother of Jordan — hit the other post from an acute angle.

The opening half finished goalless with Ghana enjoying 55 percent possession and feeling positive having come closer to scoring than Ivory Coast.

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An early second-half run by Atsu offered Gyan a half-chance, but the talismanic figure did not come close to troubling Barry with a disappointing off-target effort.

Another Ivorian was yellow carded before the hour with Siaka Tiene joining fellow midfielder Die in the book for pulling back Atsu.

As the game reached the three-quarter mark, Ivory Coast made the first change with recent Roma signing Seydou Doumbia coming off the bench to replace the ineffective Gradel.

While there were moments of anxiety for both defences, clearcut chances remained elusive and the game predictably drifted into extra-time.

Ghana finally made a substitution on 99 minutes with Jordan Ayew, whose penalty goal set up the semi-final romp over Equatorial Guinea, taking the place of Kwesi Appiah.

The pattern of half-chances continued in extra-time, but despite the presence of star African strikers like Gyan and Ivorian Wilfried Bony, the scoreboard operator remained unemployed until the shootout.

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  1. KEVO

    February 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON I PRAY FOR YOU SOUL TO REST IN PEACE

  2. Gabrielle Campbell

    February 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This is really my favourite singer of all time . I remember singing her songs from a tender age.I’m in tears writing this . i guess this is a  wake up call . we are loosing far too many legends in the music industry . i pray everyday for all of these celebrities because they have such strong impacts on the lives of our young. pray no one else goes its too much to handle. We all love and miss you Whitney and when ever i have a child ii will call her that name.

  3. DebCaHall

    February 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    We r not perfect we all have flaws…u can’t help someone who doesnt want it…..their desire has a stronger hold on them…….. then their love for themselves…because for some reason they dont love themself…and they do drugs to get away from the pain…..and no matter how much we love them we can not help them…….we can only love them and hope they somehow, someway, get the help they need not only for themselves but for the people who love them…….because it hurts to bad to see them like this~~~~~~~~from a loved one who is going thru the same feelings as other family members~~~~~its hard watching your loved ones slowely die~~~~~~~~~~~

    • tom

      February 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      well put! as a father living  with a son who is an addict I have accepted the fact that I am quite powerless to help my son until he decides to help himself.  Never stop trying to help, and never stop loving, and always pray that the addict will find whatever it takes to turn the situation around, thanks!!!!!!!

  4. Massave

    February 13, 2012 at 4:13 am

     “A section of those interviewed by Capital News said they were stunned by
    Houston’s demise, but highlighted the dangers of drug addiction that
    significantly took a toll on the musician’s health and career.”

    Where are you getting your information from? Are you just another air head guessing about the cause of Whitney’s death? Research before you rush to speculate in your reporting.

  5. rao

    February 13, 2012 at 5:39 am

    And who said that substance abuse was the cause of death???  Life has its ups and downs and that is no reason to indicate by any measure that the singer died of drug related issues.  Have heart and get your facts right before passing judgement.  Leave that to God….

  6. Fan

    February 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

    @Rao and
    Massave Are you two serious? Where have you been? The superstar has publicly
    admitted to battling drug addiction (it doesn’t matter whether hard drugs or
    prescription; they are all drugs). Before you go on criticizing people and calling
    them airheads, how about researching a bit yourself? Nkt

    • Massave

      February 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      @Fan, the superstar did not “publicly admit” that battling with drug addiction killed her….at least in the forensic sense. (For those who understand forensics–hopefully Capital FM knows what Forensics are before yanking posts off the site!)
      Does that make any sense?

  7. Nani

    February 13, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Whitney herself said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she was addicted to Marijuana and Cocaine which she blamed on her husband..she had been in rehab several times so yes…drugs took a toll on her health..

    • Makros

      February 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Please leave MJ out of this! Coke & heroin is as bad as alcohol. They all by far worse than W33D! Infact, I cannot understand why the weed arrest yet liquor families is breaking families and misleading the yuts. I say it a hundred times i’d ratha stay around 10pot heads than 2drunkards. Take alcohol out of the public domain!

  8. Anonymous

    February 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

    R.I.P

  9. Tmv

    February 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

    There is a day for everyone, whether sober of intoxicated. She did her thing Plz Let her Rest In Peace.
    RIP WhitneyHouston.

  10. JeffM

    February 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

    RIP greatest diva of all times.  You made my university days.

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