Our referee today is Bakary Papa Gassama from Gambia.
In team news Ghana, they have restored Asamoah Gyan to the line-up in place of Jordan Ayew, with the ace striker now recovered from the injury he suffered against Guinea in the quarterfinals.
Whiles, Ivory Coast have made just one change to the team that beat DRC in the semifinals, with veteran goalkeeper Copa Barry replacing Sylvain Gbohou to make his first appearance of the tournament.
One of these two teams will end a long, long wait for AFCON glory. The Elephants won their only continental trophy back in 1992, while the Black Stars’ most recent triumph was a full decade earlier in 1982.
Welcome to the Africa Cup of Nations final, a West African derby between heavyweights Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Cote D’ivoire : Copa Barry, Kolo Toure, Siaka Tiene , Serge Wilfried Kanon, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Yaya Toure, Geoffroy Serey Die, Max Gradel, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony
Ghana : Razak Braimah, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Baba Rahman, Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan, Kwesi Appiah
The match is underway!
National anthems done and dusted, we’re almost ready for kick-off.
Ivory Coast wear all-orange, Ghana are in all-white.
Wakaso tries a long range shot, but sees his effort well blocked.
‘Ivory Coast wear all-orange, Ghana are in all-white.
Yaya crosses from Ivory Coast’s first corner kick, but it’s well defended by the Black Stars.
Another Elephants corner, this time it drifts all the way through to Tiene, whose cross is unconvincingly cleared by Ghana’s backline.
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