Orange CAF Africa Cup of Nations Awards
Samsung Fair Player of the Tournament:Victor Moses (Nigeria)
Orange Man of the Tournament:Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso)
Pepsi Tournament Top Scorer:Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria)
Nissan Goal of the Tournament:Youssef El Msakni (Tunisia)
The soft-spoken Appiah had some kind words for his team for their fourth-place finish at the 29th edition of the continental showpiece soccer event after suffering a 1-3 loss to Mali in their third-place match on Saturday in Port Elizabeth.
Mali avenged a lone-goal loss from their earlier meeting at the group phase, to snatch bronze courtesy goals from Mahamadou Samassa, Seydou Keita and Sigamary Diarra in the encounter they dominated. Ghana’s consolation came from Kwadwo Asamoah in the closing stages of the game.
According to the Black Stars trainer, the players failed to take their chances including missing a penalty against the determined Malians, who claimed their successive bronze. Last year, Les Aigles beat Ghana 2-0 at the same stage.
“We had our chances and did not take them. Anything can happen from the penalty spot. I would have loved Wakaso (Mubarak) to score and emerge top scorer in the competition.
“The team has gained much experience and will do better when given another opportunity,” he concluded.