Kwesi Appiah came away with not only a runners up medal but much experience of a major tournament as Ivory Coast took the tournament following a dramatic 9-8 penalty shoot out against Ghana in the Africa Cup Of Nations final.
The match had finished 0-0 after 120 minutes and during that extra-time period Appiah was substituted so wasn’t involved in the penalty drama.
It was Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry who saved and scored the final spot-kicks to see his side home 9-8 as the final came to live after normal time had produced only a limited number of chances at both ends of the field.
Ghana had the better of those chances and on two occasions hit the woodwork.
Christian Atsu was unlucky to see a superb 25-yard shot come back off the keeper's left-hand post and Andre Ayew struck the outside of the bar from an acute angle.
But as the match went on there was a a growing feeling that the final would go the distance as neither team appeared to want to push forward and take the chance to break the deadlock.
That was how it proved with not even an additional 30 minutes changing the outcome and the final kick of the tournament being the one that meant disappointment for Appiah and his team-mates.
From when Kwesi found out on Christmas Eve 2014 that he had been called up by Avram Grant for the tournament he wouldn’t of dreamt at how well the tournament would go for him. He made his debut in Ghana’s 2-1 victory over South Africa and then a special personal moment as he scored his first international goal in the quarter final success over Guinea.
He will arrive back at the Beckenham Training Ground with not only experience of the international stage but an appetite to want to show that he can push his own game on at club level.