Preview: Black Stars target fifth AFCON title ahead of final match

5 years ago

After booking their place in the final of the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana are aiming to win their 5th AFCON trophy but will first have to beat familiar foes and neighbors Ivory Coast.

Coach Avram Grant’s side made it through to the final after beating hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in a dramatic semi final match after recording 3-1 victory over Guinea in the quarter finals.

The Ivorians on the other hand beat Algeria and DR Congo on their way to the final match which will be played at the Estadio de Bata on Sunday.

The match will be a repeat of the 1992 final match which saw Ivory Coast beat Ghana 11-10 on penalties, after the game had ended goalless, to win their only Nations Cup title.

But Coach Avram Grant’s and his team believe Sunday's match offers a perfect opportunity to avenge that defeat which denied Ghana a fifth title at the continental showpiece.

The two sides have met a total of 24 times which Ghana winning ten times while Ivory Coast have won eight times against the Black Stars. Six matches between the two West African nations have ended in draws.

And after 33-years of waiting, the Black Stars are determined secure a win and lift the trophy that has eluded the country after many tries.

After missing out of the semi final match due to injury, Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan could return to the side for the all important match against the Elephants.

Gambian Referee Bakary Papa Gassama will handle the AFCON final with Djibril Camara and Waleed Ahmed Ali as assistants. Janny Sikazwe from Zambia will be the fourth referee for the game scheduled for 7pm GMT.

Ghana made it through the Group stage after beating Algeria and South Africa to emerge first in the group despite a defeat to Senegal.