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TEAM NEWS

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan may be fit to feature after responding quickly to medical treatment to a hip injury.

The striker was hurt in a collision with Guinea goalkeeper Naby Yattara in the quarter-finals and was only on the bench for his side's semi-final.

Ivory Coast will again be without midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has not recovered from an ankle injury.

The Elephants will be hoping for another strong performance from midfielder Yaya Toure.

MATCH PREVIEW

The 'dream' final between the West African neighbours has been overshadowed by the crowd violence that marred Ghana's semi-final victory over Equatorial Guinea.

Ghana's 3-0 win was interrupted for 30 minutes when, towards the end of the match, fans of the Black Stars massed on the field behind for their own safety as home fans supporters threw missiles.

Police battled to restore order using batons and tear gas, while a helicopter also hovered low over the heads of the home fans in the stands.

Yaya Toure and Gervinho of Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure and Gervinho will be big threat for Ivory Coast

As a result of the trouble, increased security measures have been ordered for the final in Bata.

"We have asked for extra police and security to be put in place," the Confederation of African Football's media director Junior Binyam said.

"We want to have a bigger police presence and more guarantees about the safety of spectators."

As for the match itself, it is a repeat of the 1992 final which Ivory Coast won 11-10 on penalties to give them what remains their only Nations Cup title, despite two appearances in the final since.

The Elephants lost both of those finals on penalties, with the matches having ended goalless, beaten by Egypt in 2006 and by Zambia in 2012.

With the firepower of Africa's most expensive player Wilfried Bony and the tournament's standout player Gervinho in their side, it would be a surprise if the Ivorians failed to score this time around.

"It has been a long time since we have had a final between Ghana and Ivory Coast and we want to write our history too. This is our chance and we hope to take it," Gervinho said.

"We are very motivated. From the beginning of this competition, we said we have six games to play - we have played five and there is one remaining."

Midfielder Yaya Toure has extra incentive to come out on top on Sunday having been part of the losing teams in 2006 and 2012.

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew has scored three goals for Ghana in the tournament

And coach Herve Renard expects the Manchester City man, who scored asuperb goal in the 3-1 win over DR Congo in the quarter-final, to make a big impact.

"I'm sure Yaya will play a decisive game. He will arrive in time. You saw he scored a fantastic goal in the semi-final and that was not by chance.

"When you are fantastic player, these key important games are for you. I'm sure Yaya will play a very good final."

Ghana are also aiming to end a disappointing recent record in the tournament and finally secure a fifth title that has eluded them for 33 years.

The Black Stars are in their first final since 1982, when they beat Libya on penalties, and have grown steadily stronger throughout the tournament.

However, many rate them as underdogs to lift the trophy - despite the form of midfielder Andew Ayew, the potential return of captain Gyan and the galvanising effect coach Avram Grant has had on the team.

Grant, who took over the reins only in November, said: "We came from a long way, no-one gave us a chance before the tournament but we concentrated on what we were doing.

"I think this group of players has shown a lot of motivation and they'll show it in the final.

"Every game we have played better and better, so I hope we continue like this. I know we're playing against a very good team with very good players but we've also seen that we can do our job.

"It's not new for us - we came from the group of living, not the group of death. They said Algeria was better than us because they're ranked first in Africa, Senegal is better than us because many of their players are in the Premier League and so on.

"This group of players have showed they know how to fight and play football and all Ghanaians can be proud of this team."

MATCH FACTS

  • Ivory Coast have reached their third Afcon final in the last six editions. They lost the 2006 and 2012 finals on penalties, whilst their only Afcon triumph - in 1992 against Ghana - came via a shootout.
  • Ghana have reached their ninth Afcon final, more than any other team. They have won four tournaments and finish runners-up four times.
  • The nine previous meetings between these teams in this competition have produced one draw - a goalless stalemate in the 1992 final, which was won 11-10 on penalties by The Elephants.
  • Ivory Coast have the best shot conversion rate in the tournament (22%). Ghana's 20% is the third highest.
  • Serge Aurier has attempted (36) and completed (16) more dribbles at this tournament than any other player.
  • Wilfried Bony (two goals and three assists) and Andre Ayew (three goals and two assists) have been involved in the most goals in this tournament.
  • Bony has conceded the most fouls in the tournament (24). He has also won the joint-second most (18).
  • Newly-signed Manchester City striker Bony has scored two headed goals in Afcon 2015, no one else has recorded more than one.
  • Both these teams scored three goals in their quarter and semi-final wins; Ghana have not scored 3+ goals in three consecutive Afcon games since 1965.
  • The Elephants have kept one clean sheet in their last seven Afcon matches
  • Ivory Coast have won 25 corners and conceded 25 corners in the tournament; Ghana have won 26 (more than any other team), but have conceded just 13
  • Ghana have faced just six shots on target in this tournament, the fewest of any team; Ivory Coast have faced 17