1992 AFCON final: Edward Ansah should have done better – Otto Pfister

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Ghana after an amazing run to the 1992 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final saw it hope of winning a 5th AFCON hit the rock after losing 11-10 on penalties to Côte d’Ivoire, the game after 90 minutes and extra time ended scoreless.

The defeat since then has been attributed to Abedi Pele’s absence in the final. Others have also attributed it to a row in the team that is believed to have created division amongst the playing body.

But then manager of the team, Otto Pfister has partly blamed the defeat on the poor performance of goalkeeper Edward Ansah during the shootout. The goalkeeper failed to save 11 of the 12 penalties he faced during the shot-out.

“Some people blamed Tony Baffoe for the defeat after he missed the penalty,” he told Citi Sports.

“But I won’t blame him because anyone can miss a penalty, even Maradona has missed one before.

“Penalties can sometimes be luck, but losing a final 11-10 on penalties says a lot.

“It’s not easy but Ansah was not 100% concentrated. If he had saved one kick we may have won the cup,” he added.

Ghana has since then made it to 2 AFCON finals (2010, 2015) and lost both finals. The country’s hunt for a 5th AFCON trophy still continues.

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