The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) Commission has commended the Cote d’Ivoire national team for a gallant performance at the finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The Elephants were the losing finalists and the last west African team in the tournament. A statement by the regional economic group noted that the Ivorians had done well.
“The Commission notes that although the Elephants did not win the coveted cup, they have done the region proud by winning the tournament’s fair play trophy in addition to clinching the runners-up medal, after a pulsating grand finale against the Chipolopolo of Zambia that ended in a penalty shootout.”
Ecowas also commended the other seven teams from the region that participated in the competition. West Africa presented seven representatives for the tournament, the most from any of the regions in Africa.
“The Commission is proud of the seven teams that represented the region at the 16-nation continental tournament, three of which (Ghana, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire), reached the semi-final stage.
“As always, the performance of the Ecowas teams brought joy and pride to millions of community citizens and once more confirmed the status of the region as the powerhouse of African football.
“The Commission would like, at the same time, to wish the region’s representatives at the tournament more successes in subsequent Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, especially the next edition taking place in South Africa in 2013 and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,” said the Commission.
Ecowas is the regional body that encompasses the 16 countries of west Africa.