Ivory Coast hopes AFCON triumph will help unite country

By Drum Digital
09 February 2015

Celebrations continued in Ivory Coast Monday after the national football team's victory on penalties over Ghana in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

After Sunday night's match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Ivorians in the capital Abidjan lit fireworks, honked car horns and waved flags amid hopes the first Afcon win in 23 years will help resolve political differences.

Celebrations continued throughout the night and vuvuzelas were still being sounded Monday, while Ivory Coast's flag could be seen on every minibus and taxi.

RTI, the government-owned TV station, reported " a day off to celebrate the victory of the Elephants, the heroes."

Ivory Coast's 9-8 win on penalties came after the game finished goalless after full-time and extra-time. Goalkeeper Boubarac Barry made two decisive saves and then converted the winning penalty himself.

The 35-year-old keeper had been recalled for the match, with Sylvain Gbohouo dropping to the bench after five consecutive appearances.

"God has rewarded me," the keeper also known as Copa said.

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