Ghana down 2-1 by the 70th minute fought back to beat the Ivorians 4-2.
“My players were fantastic. The Ivory Coast weren’t able to kill the game off despite their 2-1 lead at half time. Today I have to say a big thank you to my team and to the Ghana Football Association for all their support and backing.”
_quote LeRoy admits Ghana were close to missing the third-place after finishing the first half 2-1 down.
“We were not far from being completely out of the game by halftime,” said LeRoy.
“I told my players that maybe something would happen in the second half because we were still alive... and we tried to sort out what was wrong.”
Sulley Muntari, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Junior Agogo and Haminu Draman scored as Ghana finished third for the first time while Ivorian, Sanogo was on target twice in the opening half.
Both Junior Agogo and Sulley Muntari finish their debut Africa Cup of Nations tournament with three goals apiece while Haminu Draman and Quincy Owusu-Abeyie registered their debut goals.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s Anthony Annan has capped a great display at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations with another individual award.
This time, Annan was voted the Most Valuable Player in the third-place match against Ivory Coast at the Baba Yara Stadium.
The midfielder, playing his debut Nations Cup tournament becomes the third player after Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari to win the award.
Annan finished the tournament with two personal awards. He was presented with the Samsung Fair-Play award in the semifinal on Thursday.