Damon to handle tonight’s playoff

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Damon will be assisted by Achik Redouane of Morocco and Algerian, Djezzar Brahim at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Tomorrow’s final between Cameroon and Egypt at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra will see Benin referee, Bonaventure Coffi Codjia taking charge.

The Black Stars to put their disappointment behind them when they face Ivory Coast in tonight after bowing out of the tournament with a 1-0 semifinal defeat by Cameroon on Thursday.

The Afcon hosts welcome back captain John Mensah, who was suspended for the semifinal after picking a red card in the 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the previous round. However, striker Asamoah Gyan and midfielder Laryea Kingston are doubtful with injuries.

Ivory Coast, thrashed 4-1 by champions Egypt on Thursday, are likely to be without injured keeper Boubacar Barry who was replaced by Stephane Loboue before halftime in the semifinal.

Meanwhile, Ghana coach Claude LeRoy is to consider signing a contract extension with the West Africans.

“I have been offered a prolongation until 2010 and I am honoured,” LeRoy said.

“At the end of the game against Cameroon the sports minister told me he was happy with my work so I will think about it,” addedthe 60-year-old, who said at the beginning of the tournament he would expect the axe if Ghana failed to win the trophy.

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