The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire have defeated the Black Stars of Ghana 9-8 on penalties to win the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015.
Cote d’Ivoire also beat Ghana on penalties to clinch their first AFCON title in Senegal, 1992.
Cote d’Ivoire needed 120 minutes of football and 11 sets of penalties to clinch their second AFCON title from Ghana in a remake of the 1992 AFCON final.
Yaya Toure and his teammates started the highly anticipated match very well and managed to create a couple of goal-scoring chances before the Black Stars slowly took control of the game, enjoying a good spell of possession.
And after the first half ended goalless, neither side was able to break the deadlock in the second half nor in the two periodes of extra-time before 35-year-old, Copa Barry, was Cote d’Ivoire hero during the penalty shootouts after saving Razak’s penalty before scoring the last one.
The Elephants won their second AFCON cup after their first coronation was back in 1992 when they defeated Ghana in the same dramatic manner. Cote d’Ivoire coach, Herve Renard has also put his name in AFCON history as the only coach to win the title twice (Zambia 2012, Cote d’Ivoire 2015)