Libya are Chan-pions

2014-02-01 23:17

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North Africa prevailed again after Libya won a dramatic penalty shoot-out to lift the African Nations Championship trophy tonight.

After failing to score in the 120 minutes of regulation and extra time, Libya and Ghana had to be separated by penalties and the north Africans emerged victorious, winning the shoot-out 4-3.

It was second time unlucky for the Black Stars after they also lost to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final of the inaugural tournament in 2009.

The event will leave South Africa with bittersweet memories. While Bafana Bafana were disappointing on the field after being knocked out in the group stages, the tournament received a stamp of approval from world football bigwigs.

Ghana and Libya dished out an entertaining final in front of a decent crowd.

The two countries had earlier met in the group stages where they drew 1-1. But there had to be a winner tonight, despite it being a hard-fought one.

» Read the full report in City Press tomorrow.

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