Ivory Coast keeper Copa Barry retires
Ivory Coast keeper Boubacar Copa Barry has announced his retirement from international football following The Elephants Africa Cup of Nations triumph.
Barry was the hero of the final against Ghana in Equatorial Guinea saving two penalties in the shoot-out before converting the final penalty to clinch the AFCON title.
Kolo Toure part of the group dubbed the ‘golden generation’ also announced his retirement after the tournament and Barry has followed suit.
“Every good thing has an end. I have decided to put an end to my international career with the Elephants of Ivory Coast,” Barry told Radio France International on Monday.
“I was extremely proud to wear the jersey of my country and it wasn’t just an obligation, it was an honour.
“Now is time to pass the flame to the younger players and there is a great new generation coming through so we have to let them develop,” Barry said.
“I think this is the best decision for me, I’ve been with the national team for 15 years,” he added.
Barry earned 85 caps for Ivory Coast during a 15-year international career that included three FIFA World Cup appearances.
He will now concentrate on his club career in Belgium where he features for Lokeren in the Jupiler Pro League.