Yaya Toure described it as “unbelievable” as he led his Ivory Coast to winning the Africa Cup of Nations final against the much-fancied Ghana.

After the Elephants beat the Black Stars in a dramatic penalty shoot-out where with it being 8-8, it was down to goalkeeper Boubacar Barry to score the decisive spot-kick to seal a 9-8 win in Sunday's final in at Estadio de Bata, in Equatorial Guinea.

Captain Toure, who won the Premier League with City last season, said: "When you win with your club, it's quite amazing. With your country, it's unbelievable."

It also cemented a historic achievement for Herve Renard, who became the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different countries, following Zambia's success in 2012.

Manchester City midfielder, Toure, said: "Without the manager we would have won nothing," Ivory Coast captain Toure added. "He made things difficult for me. He told me if I didn't run he'd kick me out. He's fantastic."

For Ghana coach Avram Grant it drew memories of the 2008 Champions League final when his Chelsea side lost 6-5 on penalties to Manchester United.

"Both sides had 11 kicks which meant it went down to the goalkeepers, with theirs scoring the winner. That's just how it goes,” he said."

Sunday's victory was the Ivory Coast's first Africa Cup of Nations title in 23 years.