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AFCON: Security increased for final between Ivory Coast and Ghana

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AFCON Security
The semi-final match between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea was stopped for 30 minutes due to crowd violence

Bata (Equatorial Guinea), Feb 8 Extra security will be provided for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) football tournament final between Ivory Coast and Ghana after crowd violence interrupted Thursday's second semi-final.

Ghana beat hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the match, but the proceedings were stopped for 30 minutes as home supporters threw missiles onto the pitch.

"We have re-coordinated with the security people to make sure key points that were maybe a bit loose in previous matches are better secured," Confederation of African Football (Caf) general secretary Hicham El Amrani was quoted as saying by bbc.com Sunday.

"We have a higher number of security people but the most important thing is the head of state addressed the nation to call them to come peacefully and celebrate what their country has done by organising this tournament."

The final will be played Sunday night. Ghana have won the tournament four times, most recently in 1982.

DR Congo beat Equatorial Guinea 4-2 on penalties in the third-place play-off match Saturday.

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