INDOMITABLE LION VS BLACK STARS
Ghana will seek another Africa Cup of Nations final appearance when they clash with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Thursday at the Stade de Franceville, Franceville.
The Black Stars lost in the last finals in Equatorial Guinea to Ivory Coast on penalty kicks and will look to bury the ghosts of Malabo.
Avram Grant and his wards have navigated their way to the semi-finals in not so spectacular fashion. Two wins and a loss in the group stage saw them earn a spot in the quarter-finals against DR Congo, albeit, in second place behind group winners Egypt
Ghana was on the back-foot for most of the first half but came back strongly in the second half to win 2-1 against a spirited DR Congo side
They will be up against a Cameroon side who have surprised many by making it all the way to the semi-finals. A new look Indomitable Lions squad barely scrapped through the group stage but seem to get better with each passing game.
Two draws and a win in the group stage meant they came second in Group A behind Burkina Faso to set up a clash with the Teranga Lions
They came up big against pre-tournament favourites Senegal in the quarter-finals. Led by an inspired Fabrice Ondoa, [above] they kept out Senegal’s attackers and eventually won on penalty kicks
Cameroon haven’t had AFCON success since 2002 when they won the trophy in Mali while Ghana, who just like the West Africans, have four AFCON titles, haven’t lifted the trophy since 1982 when they won it in Libya.
Both sides will be hungry to make it to the final again and get their hands on a fifth crown on 5th February at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville
Ghana will be without captain Asamoah Gyan for a second straight game after he came off with an injury in the last group game against Egypt.
Goalkeeper Razak Brimah won’t be dropped after tendering an apology for his outbursts on social media where he poured a foul tirade on fans and journalists who he claimed have been on his back.
He was fined and cautioned by the Ghana Football Association but won’t be given any sporting punishment.
Cameroon might likely start Vincent Aboubakar who has not been regular since the tournament. He scored the winning penalty to send Cameroon through to the semi-finals and might be rewarded with a starting berth