Copa calls it quits
Cote d'Ivoire goalkeeper Boubacar Barry has said he will no longer represent his national team.

Copa, as the Lokeren player is called, was the Elephants' hero in the Africa Cup of Nations final last month as he saved Ghana's 11th penalty in the final and then converted his own to become an unlikely match winner for his side.

It was the only game the 35-year-old played at the finals as coach Herve Renard played the younger Sylvain Gbohouo, but could not field him in the championship match as he was injured.alt

In a statement released late Tuesday by government officials, Barry said that it was time to call an end to his long international career. “After many years in the national team it is time to give way to a new generation.

“I’ve been delighted to contribute to the national team and to bring some delight to the Ivorian people.”

The goalkeeper represented his country in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, as well as six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Renard paid a tribute to Barry in Equatorial Guinea, telling African Football Media that he had brought a lot to the national team and there was a strong bond between the three goalkeepers in the squad.

"This very close connection between the three is good for the team. But we have to congratulate Copa, because when you come to one tournament like this, when you have almost 100 caps, you can imagine it must be very difficult to lose your place. So congratulations to his spirit because he gave a very good strength to Sylvain.”