For years after retiring from international football, Ivory Coast’s Barry Boubacar has now retired from football.
Boucabar will always be remembered for his last match for Ivory Coast against Ghana in the final of the 2015 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.
He saved two penalties and then scored the winning spot-kick in a 9-8 penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw at full-time.
“On 2 March I announced the end of my career as a goalkeeper which has lasted 22 years,” Boubacar said in a statement posted on the website of Belgian second tier side OH Leuven, the club he joined two years ago.
“Boubacar ‘Copa’ Barry became what he is today thanks to the support from people who trusted him and gave him a chance,” he added.
He however confirmed he is to stay in Belgium as he is to switch a coaching role. “I have indeed replaced my gloves with a new cap which is coaching, thanks to God, I had the chance to join the OHL who have given me the post of a goalkeeper coach.”
“I wish to express my gratitude for their confidence in me to start my new career with them, I am aware of the weight of the responsibilities and like my predecessors, I will continue to convey the values of universality and courage and team spirit,” he noted.
Barry, whose career lasted for more than two decades, was part of Ivory Coast’s ‘golden’ generation which included the legendary Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Kolo Touré, Arthur Boka, Aruna Kone among others.
Barry made 86 appearances for the Elephants including his seven matches at three World Cups, including game against Serbia & Montenegro in the 2006 finals in Germany which they won 3-2.
He also played in all the Elephants’ matches in the 2010 and 2014 finals in South Africa and Brazil respectively.
He featured for Ivory Coast in six Africa Cup of Nations which includes 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015
Barry started his club football with Ivorian club ASEC Mimosa, elsewhere he played for Rennes B, Beveren, Lokeren and OH Leuven.