Sports News of Monday, 9 February 2015
Sports Analyst, Carl Tuffuor has described as frustrating Black Stars’ loss to the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.
Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, February 8, 2015 emerged winners of the 2015 African Cup of Nations after beating Ghana 9-8 on penalties.
Wilfried Bony smashed his spot-kick against the crossbar, but the Elephants recovered in the shoot-out, eventually taking the title when goalkeeper Boubacar Barry saved from his opposite number Razak Braimah and then stepped up to score.
It was an exciting end to a game that had been anything but, with Premier League stars Bony and Yaya Toure unable to create enough to win the game in 90, or even 120 minutes.
Toure forced Razak Brimah into a save from an early free kick, and was generally more involved than he has been in the tournament’s previous games. However, once again, the Ivorian captain was less than the star we know he can be when played further forward.
Goalkeeper, Barry scored the winning penalty for his side. This is their first since 1992.
But Mr. Tuffuor on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem on Monday said though the Black Stars put in more efforts, their efforts was not enough because they could have done better with the opportunities they had.
“It’s irritating and annoying to see the Black Stars go this far and drop down at the end of the tunnel. The game was an improvement compared to 2013 AFCON, but I believe that there is still a future for the Stars” he noted.
Speaking on the coach Avram Grant, he called on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to allow a Ghanaian to coach the Black Stars after his [Grant] contract.