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    The Ivory Coast qualified for the finals of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup on Sunday (23 September) when they beat Ghana's Black Stars 1-0 in Abidjan.

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    The Ivory Coast qualified for the finals of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup on Sunday (23 September) when they beat Ghana's Black Stars 1-0 in Abidjan.

    The finals will be played in Cairo, Egypt next March.

    The Ivory Coast, known nationally as the "Elephants" had won the first leg of their two stage qualifying round against Ghana 3-0 in Kumasi, Ghana on 9 September.

    In Sunday's match, their winning goal came in the 51st minute, Left Back Isdama Doumbia, who had moved upfield in an Ivory Coast attack, received a pass and best three defenders before scoring.

    A crowd of 40,000 watched the game. Later there was jubilation among "Elephant" supporters who sang and danced in the streets of the city. The double victory was seen as a magnificent one for, in recent years the Ghana side has been one of the strongest on the African continent and were thought to be invincible.

    SYNOPSIS: A crowd of more than 40,000 packed the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium In abidjan, Ivory Coast on Saturday to watch the second leg of the home side's matches against Ghana. The winner would qualify to go through to the finals of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup.

    Ivory Coast (known nationally as the "Elephants") kicked off. They'd previously beaten the Ghana side 3-0 in Kumasi, Ghana, the week before.

    Ghana have long been thought of as an almost invincible side. Their record of victory is long and distinguished, but the "Elephants" seemed to be well in control of the situation and, with one victory behind them, played like champions.

    The home crowd were eager for a goal and their team was going flat-out to satisfy them, but the Ghana defence stood up well to the attacks and coolly averted any danger.

    As half time neared neither side had managed to put the ball in the net, although the Ivory Coast team looked the more likely to score. But at the half way mark the scoreboard was still unmoved.

    Ghana attacked from the resumption.

    The Ivory Coast defence found little difficulty in controlling the situation. And it wasn't long before the home crowd were jubilant. Left Back Doumbia scored in the 51st minute.

    Ivory Coast one, Ghana nil. And that was to be final result-enough to put the Ivory Coast through to the finals, to be held in Cairo, Egypt next March, even though Ghana played hard right to the final whistle.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA75YSJHRUY11G2YNRCL2D128T6
    Media URN:
    VLVA75YSJHRUY11G2YNRCL2D128T6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:38:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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