Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions on Thursday beat Ghana’s Black Stars 2-0 to reach Sunday’s final match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon where they will meet Egypt.
Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog scored in the second half in the semi-final match in Franceville to earn the ticket against the Pharaohs.
Defender Ngadeu scored the opener in the 72nd minute, while Bassogog secured the win in stoppage time.
A finely-poised tie remained goalless until the 72nd minute, when Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah failed to deal with a free-kick into his area.
John Boye’s weak defensive header merely served as an assist for Ngadeu to control and fire home.
Bassogog then broke away to clinch the win and spark wild celebrations as Hugo Broos’s side progress to the final match against Egypt in Libreville.
It will be the Indomitable Lions’ first Cup of Nations final since they lost 0-1 to the Egyptians in 2008, when they also beat hosts Ghana in the semi-finals.
Ghana, who are yet to ever beat Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against neighbours Burkina Faso on Saturday.
This was their sixth consecutive Cup of Nations semi-final, and their wait to win the trophy for the first time since 1982 is still on.
The Pharaohs of Egypt had earlier qualified for the finals of the 2017 African Nations Cup, edging out Burkina Faso 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out at the semi-final match played at Stade de L’Amitie in Libreville on Wednesday night.
Egypt scored first via Mohamed Salah in the 66th minute. Burkina Faso’s Aristide Bance equalised seven minutes after. Despite 47 minutes of additional play, including extra-time, neither side could break the deadlock.
Burkina Faso had raised hope of their fans of qualifying for the final, after Egypt missed their third kick and Burkina Faso scored, making scores 3-2. But a dramatic twist occurred thereafter as Burkina Faso missed their fourth kick, while Salah scored for Egypt levelling the scores at 3-3.
Then Burkina missed their final kick while Egypt scored, ending the scoreline for the penalty kicks at 4-3. The Egyptians are making the final after a seven-year absence.
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