Sports News of Monday, 9 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
Ghana coach Avram Grant has stated that he is devastated by Ghana’s defeat to the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in the AFCON 2015 final.
The Black Stars were beaten 9-8 on penalties, after a barren 120 minutes in Equatorial Guinea, but Grant says his boys did enough to win the match.
“We did great things, and I’m happy with my team, but with penalties, these things happen,”Grant is quoted as saying by L’Equipe.
“We were the better side tonight, but we lost. However, we can be proud of ourselves,” he added.
Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan also spoke of his disappointment after the loss.
“Being outside, I had to support my colleagues. We were leading 2-0 and Cote d’Ivoire came back and they won. We had an edge to win but that’s football,” the striker said.
“I don’t regret our performance. Cote d’Ivoire have lost twice on penalties (2006 and 2012), and this was their third time and they won it.
“I’m sad at the moment. We were hoping to make history, but it did not happen.
“We have young players who are very good, so we hope that we can come back stronger.”