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Libya have been crowned 2014 Orange African Nations Champions after beating favorites Ghana by 4-3 on penalties after the match had ended 0-0 after extra time in the final played , Saturday 1st February at Cape Town Stadium.

Libya players celebrates for the groly
Libya players celebrates for the groly

Ghanaian goalkeeper Stephen Adams saved two spot kicks from, Mohamed Elgadi and Abdelsalam Omar after the first five kicks tied at 3-3 and sudden death penalties ensued.

Ahmed El Trbi scored the sixth penalty for Libya before Joshua Tijani missed his for Ghana to spark celebrations from the Mediterranean Knights of Libya.

The final match of CHAN, South Africa 2014 was played before an appreciative crowd of just under 17 000 that included CAF President Issa Hayatou and his invited guest FIFA President Sepp Blatter. It was a lively and competitive match from first whistle with both sides eager to open the scoring but clear cut scoring opportunities were few and far between.

Twenty-two minutes into the match Libya’s Faisal Ali too committed in a challenge on Mohamed Mahfud earned him a yellow card as the game opened up more and the crowd bayed for more of the entertaining stuff.

Libyan Goalkeeper was a vital role for his team's victory
Libyan Goalkeeper was a vital role for his team’s victory

Ghana’s midfield was string some shorts passes with Abraham Attobrah at the heart of their creative play as he linked up with Seidu Bansey , Joshua Tijani captain Jordan Opoku and Sulley Mohammed to give the Black Stars territorial advantage.

The Libyans defence anchored by captain Ali Salama held firm and whatever went past goal-minder Mohamed Abdaula dealt with. Ghana finished the first half in ascendancy but the scoreboard remained blank.

In the second half Libya pushed more bodies upfront but it was Ghanaian substitute Yahaya Mohamed who came closest to breaking the deadlock with an attempted back kick.

He didn’t quite connect and Ahmed Almaghasi cleared the danger. The goal remained elusive and into extra time it went. Abushnaf’s header from Elmehdi Elhouni sailed centimeters over the cross bar.

Sulley Mohamed saw his effort trickle past the post as Ghana came agonizingly close. Stephen Adams saved a goal bound effort from Libyan substitute Muataz Fadel and then it was time for penalty shoot-out

AllAfrica.com

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