Dramatic defeat: Black Stars denied another trophy by Cote d’Ivoire

The Black Stars of Ghana missed another opportunity to lift the African Cup of Nations trophy on Sunday when they lost on penalty shootout to Cote D’Ivoire 9-8.

This is the second time the Ivorians have denied Ghana the coveted trophy; they beat them to it in 1992, winning that final on penalties 11-10.

Ghana, who remain on four AFCON wins, last lost the final in 2010 when they were beaten 1-0 by seven-time winners Egypt.

Goalkeeper, Boubacar Barry saved a penalty and scored the winning spot-kick, the game having finished goalless after extra-time.

The Ivory Coast missed their first two kicks – Manchester City’s new signing Wilfried Bony hit the crossbar and substitute Junior Tallo dragged wide with his first touch of the game – but Afriyie Acquah and Frank Acheampong failed with their efforts for Ghana.

Cote D’Ivoire lost the final in 2006 to Egypt and 2012 to Zambia, when current Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard was in charge of the winning team.

Coach Renard has now become the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different countries.

Ghana however, still have to wait for a fifth title. The 33 years wait is still on.

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