Libya claimed the 2014 African Nations Championship title after defeating Ghana 4-3 on a penalty shootout in the tournament final at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.
The North Africans’ first piece of continental silverware arrived courtesy of a 4-3 shootout win over the Black Stars after the match had ended goalless after extra time. It was the third successive match Libya won by a shootout, after ousting Gabon and Zimbabwe in the same manner in the quarter- and semifinals respectively.
The first half saw little in the way of goalmouth action, with the teams effectively cancelling each other out. Ghana had the edge in terms of pace and athleticism, but Libya were well organised and looked dangerous on the counter attack.
The Black Stars created their best chance of the first half as early as the second minute, with striker Siedu Bansey arriving late in the box to meet a left-wing cross and power a header on target, but goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush made a good diving save.
Four minutes later the Mediterranean Knights threatened to open the scoring as Elmutasem Abushnaf was put free on goal, but Ghana ‘keeper Stephen Adams came quickly off his line to win the ball cleanly at […]