Ivory Coast wins Afcon 2015

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Ivory Coast are champions of Africa after beating Ghana 9-8 in a marathon penalty shootout in Bata.

It is their second Africa Cup of Nations trophy having won their first in 1992 against Ghana.

The 2015 edition was a repetition of Senegal ’92 when the Elephants defeated the Black Stars 11-10 via penalties.

Ghana keeper Razak Brimah wasted the last kick with his Ivorian counterpart Barry Coppa being the hero of the night with a brilliant kick to give his side their second Afcon trophy since ’92.

It was a long night in Bata and with 120 minutes of football played, the honours went to Ivory Coast.

Ghana were aiming for their first title since 1982. For Ghana coach Avram Grant, it was a disappointing way to lose after a good run of form.

“I feel painful to lose like this,” Ghana coach Avram Grant said after the game in Bata.

“I feel proud of what the boys did today. We scored the highest number of goals and conceded the lowest number of goals.

“This is football. And things like this can happen. We were the better side but in penalties, anything can happen.”

Despite their loss, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Afriyie Acquah and Kwesi Appiah bowed out with some individual awards.

Atsu was named the tournament’s most valuable player. He also picked the best goal of the competition following his great strike against Guinea during the group stages.

Ayew bowed out with the highest scoring prize after scoring three goals in the competition.

Acquah was named the best player of the final game while Appiah bagged the fair-player prize for the competition.

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