Didier Drogba Reacts to Ivory Coast’s Epic Shootout Victory in Africa Cup of Nations Final (Video)
Didier Drogba put Ivory Coast on the soccer map. Before him, they had never qualified for a Word Cup. With him, from 2006 through 2014, they qualified three straight times, going a respectable 3-1-5. And during that time he became the team’s captain and its all-time leading scorer with 65 goals.
Of course, while the Chelsea legend is still playing for The Blues in the English Premier League, he retired from international soccer after the 2014 World Cup. That means he was not on the Ivory Coast squad that defeated Ghana on Sunday for the nation’s first African Cup of Nations title since 1992.
Was Drogba sad he wasn’t there? That he couldn’t be a part of the celebration? Maybe. But you’d certainly never know it from the way he celebrated his country’s shootout victory.
Take a look:
Seems pretty genuinely happy to me.
And by the way, that African Cup of Nations final between Ghana and Ivory Coast? Talk about a thriller. The game was scoreless after 90 minutes so it went to overtime. Then it was scoreless after overtime so it went to a shootout. Then it was tied after five rounds of the shootout, so it went to a sudden death shootout. Then the Ivory Coast’s backup goalie made a save and scored the winning penalty himself.
That’s right. No joke. Ivory Coast’s Boubacar Barry saved a penalty kick to keep the shootout score 8-8. Then he turned around and scored a penalty kick to win the game.
No wonder Drogba and company were so excited.
Hat Tip – [The Guardian]