Young Celsea loanee Bertrand Traoré started the Africa Cup of Nations to mixed reviews and was even dropped to the bench for the second group stage match, but he recovered from those early setbacks to put together several impressive outings in the knockout rounds, including in the third place match against Ghana on Saturday.
While Bertrand was kept off the scoresheet this time — he finished the tournament with a goal and an assist as the Stallions’ only loss in six games came via a penalty kick shootout in the semifinal — his brother Alain was not, scoring the winner with an excellent free kick with just a couple minutes left in the game.
For Ghana, who lost Baba Rahman to an ACL injury last week, the tournament failed to live up to expectation set by the run to the final two years ago. At least one report deemed Ghana’s current situation a “disaster” as the expensive big-name coaching staff has not paid dividends. Former Chelsea head coach Avram Grant pocketed a couple million for a job essentially not done. He’s now left his post as head coach. Christian Atsu played the final quarter of an hour for Ghana.
Egypt (and Mohamed Salah) and Cameroon contest the final later today.