Winning with your country is everything


Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, who scored two goals for Ivory Coast en route to their second African title says it feels great to be an African Champion and winning for country is no comparison to winning at club level.

"It feels great. I am so very happy. We have been looking for a win for 23 years, so it is very important for us. Today is a great day and we dedicate this victory to our country, to our fans, to our people there, because we have suffered a lot. I can say thank you God for all the glory he gave us today.

"There is no comparison. Winning something with your club is great, but your national team is your national team. You are playing for your country and there is nothing that can beat that. So I will always take a victory with my country. But I do hope that this victory has lifted me to win things with the club also."

The key for Bony after the two missed penalties was hero keeper Boubacar Barry.

"I think after the missed penalties, the motivation our goalkeeper gave to the other players was fantastic. We still believed that we could do it and then we really went for it.

Ivory Coast now have the unique record of playing four Cup of Nations finals and neither scoring nor conceding a goal. That's 480 minutes of stalemate.

"It is about playing as a team and staying compact in the back. Even if we have not scored a goal, we have won two championships and that is something great.
 
"It is the best way to begin a new year and it feels fantastic. I am a very positive person and I always thought that I could win things. I am very happy to do that today."

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