Big day today: Five interesting facts from Ghana vs Cote d’ Ivoire

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire share a lot more than a border. The two West African football powerhouses will clash for the chance to be crowned kings of African football and  set out to discover what other things they shared in common ahead of Sunday’s final in Bata.

Brothers in Arms play a final – Sunday’s final of the AFCON will be the first ever to have brothers on both teams. Cote d’Ivoire’s Toure brothers;  Kolo and Yaya will hope to end their nearly men status at international level as they wind down impressive careers while Ghana will have the Ayew brothers; Andre and Jordan Andre was part of the class of 2010 that lost a painful final to Egypt in Angola and will hope younger brother Jordan gets more joy in his first final.

Class of 92 reunion in Bata – In 1992, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire engaged in one of the most nerve wracking penalty shoot outs in football history. The Elephants prevailed after a miss by defender Anthony Baffoe. 23 years later Anthony Baffoe will lead out these two again as CAF’s general co-coordinator for Bata while the referee from that final, Baddara Seme is one of the referee assessor’s for Sunday’s game. Memories will surely abound in that city.

Most meetings in AFCON – These sides have played each other in the African Cup of Nations than against any other opponent; 9 games, with Ghana winning 5, losing 3 and drawing 1 against Cote d’Ivoire.

The Superstition Factor – The Elephants won the 1992 AFCON from group C, while the Black stars lost the final after they had been drawn in group D in 1992. However the reverse pattern is the 2015 AFCON due to the fact that Ghana were drawn in group C, while Cote d’Ivoire were drawn in group D.

Also Kotoko lost to Hearts of Oak 0-1 in Kumasi in 1991, which was the last game between these sides in Kumasi prior to the final game between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in 1992 and similar scenario happened on Saturday when Hearts piped Kotoko by a goal to nil.

Foreign Coach – This will be the first time, either Ghana or Cote d’Ivoire will win the AFCON with a foreign trainer.

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