Football - Libya lifted the 2014 Orange African Nations trophy on Saturday after beating Ghana 4-3 on penalties at the Cape Town Stadium. The match ended 0-0 after extra time and Libya got their own back after losing 7-6 on penalties to Ghana 32 years ago in the AFCON final played in Tripoli.
The Libyan goalkeeper and his Ghanaian counterpart saved two spot kicks each and the first five kicks were tied at 3-3 and sudden death penalties ensued, the website of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) reported.
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 was played before a crowd of just under 17,000 that included CAF President Issa Hayatou and his invited guest FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
CAF said it was a lively and competitive match from the first whistle with both sides eager to open the scoring but clear cut scoring opportunities were few and far between.
The Libyans' defence anchored by captain Ali Salama held firm and whatever went past goal-minder Mohamed Abdaula was dealt with. Ghana finished the first half on the 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 the match went into extra time.
Stephen Adams saved a goal bound effort from Libyan substitute Muataz Fadel pushing the match into penalties with the Libyans coming on top.