With millions watching around the world Cote D’Ivoire and its golden generation of world class footballers were not to be denied this time around as they had been for a number of years now as Boubacarr ‘Copa’ Barry (the Cote D’Ivoire Goalkeeper) sealed the deal for them after a spectacular save from Ghana’s goalkeeper (Razak) penalty kick earlier to secure them the win and give them the trophy they had been thirsting for in years as he put one past Razak in sudden death penalty kicks.
Coach Herve Renard of the Ivory Coast is the first coach to have won AFCON finals with two different African national teams and the last team he did so with was the Chipopolo boys of Zambia against the very Ivorians he has now led to a Nations Cup championships they had been seeking for so many years now.
Yaya Toure and his brother Kolo Toure along with the likes of Salomon Kalou and Gervinho are the players of that golden generation of Ivorian Football who it seems by all accounts were running out of time to ever win a major championships on the continent but they finally pulled it off. The talisman; Didier Drogba who has been the most recognizable face of Ivorian Football for the last decade, like Moses in the Bible with the Israelites, sojourned with the Elephants of the Ivory Coast in football wilderness for years but was never meant to reach the promised land of winning the AFCON Trophy and so with grace he bowed out of international football a year ago and come 2015 the Elephants went on to win it all in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.
Congratulations to the Elephants of the Ivory Coast in winning the 30th Edition of the African Cup of Nations; Africa’s holy grail of sports trophies.