Seale: Congratulations to Yaya


Seale was speaking after the Elephants defeated the Black Stars of Ghana by 9-8 on penalties in the Afcon Final in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday night after a goalless draw in 90 minutes.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United left-back said it was not surprising to see the Final going to penalties as both sides have good tactical coaches who are stingy in conceding errors at the back.

“I think we need to congratulate the Ivorians, and Ghana as well for showing teamwork in reaching the Final, they did very well,” said Seale.

“I think they deserved to be in the Final and I must be honest that I expected a tight game with a possibility of going to penalties because they have world-class coaches in Herve Renard and Avram Grant.

“These coaches have employed good attacking and defending tactics so it was definitely going to be a tightly contested Final, the 0-0 draw in 90 minutes tells us just that.

“I would like to congratulate Yaya because he’s won so many accolades as a player, but nothing with the team. Finally he won something and it was long overdue.”

The man famously known for his runs down the left flank at Amakhosi, also known as 'Gardner', shared a word for the Black Stars saying they still have a chance to claim the continental prize.

“I feel sad for the young Ghanaians but they showed great fighting spirit and went all the way to reach the Final,” added Seale.

“They tried their best and especially the duo of Jordan and Andrew Ayew, Abedi Pele’s sons, they’re still young and will come back and contest for the trophy.

“I know it’s not easy to say ag it’s a loss, it meant something to them but that’s football – they just need to carry the same attitude and in Grant, they’ve got a brilliant mentor.”