CAF Tightens Stadium Security As Ghana, Ivory Coast Seek To Dethrone Nigeria

 

 

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ARRANGEMENTS have been made to have extra security for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final between Ivory Coast and Ghana after crowd violence interrupted Thursday’s second semi-final match.

General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football –CAF, Hicham El Amrani, said the continent’s football governing body was working with security agencies to block every loopholes that were discovered during the last violence.

“We have a higher number of security people but the most important thing is the head of state addressed the nation to call them to come peacefully and celebrate what their country has done by organising this tournament, ” El Amrani said.

The match, which saw Ghana beat hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0, was stopped for 30 minutes as home supporters threw missiles onto the pitch.

The match itself, it is a repeat of the 1992 final which Ivory Coast won 11-10 on penalties to give them their only Nations Cup title, despite two appearances in the final since.

The Elephants lost both of those finals on penalties, with the matches having ended goalless, beaten by Egypt in 2006 and by Zambia in 2012.

Meanwhile, Ghana coach Avram Grant is expecting a good game with Ivory Coast on Sunday.

He said: “We’ve seen quality players and quality football in this tournament but we can expect even more.’’

Ghana have won the tournament four times, most recently in 1982.

In Saturday’s third-place play-off, DR Congo beat Equatorial Guinea 4-2 on penalties in a match that proceeded without trouble.

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