Renard – 1992 triumph gives Ivorians edge

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard says his team will enjoy “a psychological advantage” over Ghana in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final after beating them to win the 1992 tournament.

Ivory Coast defeated Ghana 11-10 on penalties after 120 goalless minutes in Dakar 23 years ago.

“The win in 1992 is a psychological advantage as Ivory Coast beat Ghana to win on penalties”, said Renard, who was Ghana’s assistant coach at the 2008 Africa Cup.

The Ivory Coast coach said he expects skipper Yaya Toure to rise to the occasion Sunday.

“I am sure Yaya will play a very good final. He scored a good goal in the semifinal. Fantastic players like him know this is an important game for them.

“For them there is no pressure”, he said of the Manchester City star.

Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote is the only player ruled out for Ivory Coast, added Renard. He is still nursing an ankle sprain suffered at the tournament.