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CAN 2008 : Cameroon beats Ghana, Egypt dazes Ivory Coast
Cameroon on Thursday eliminated Ghana from the 26th MTN Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ghana when the Indomitable Lions beat the Black Stars by 1-0 in the first semi-final match played at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra.

Cameroon on Thursday eliminated Ghana from the 26th MTN Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ghana when the Indomitable Lions beat the Black Stars by 1-0 in the first semi-final match played at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra.

Alain N’kong threaded a low ball past goalkeeper Richard Kingson deep into the second half to post a win for Cameroon and send them into the final slated for the same venue on Sunday, to contest a fifth title with the winner of the second semi-final match between Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire.

N’kong had the Ghanaian goal on sight when he received a pass from Samuel Eto’o as the Cameroonians tailored the ball forward from their own penalty area after soaking intense pressure. The Cameroonian striker raced forward and picked his spot as Kingson dashed forward in a bid to intercept.

Kingson was left completely vulnerable with no protection at all from his defenders who had moved up to join the attack. The game was a balanced one with Ghana showing signs of winning as the Black Stars played a neat passing game and kept the Cameroonians very alert at the back.

As early as the fourth minute, Eric Addo had a good chance to head in the leader for Ghana but the lanky defender mistimed the ball to let the Lions off the hook. Goalkeeper Kingston had to receive treatment five minutes later when he collided with Eto’o in an aerial contest for the ball.

Cameroon had their first chance of the match on 20 minutes as Achile Emana shot over the ball from 20 metres.

Ayew had a good chance to put Ghana in the lead but the teenager shot tamely into the hands of Idriss Kameni and at the other side, Geremi Ngitap thundered a shot against the bar from a dead ball situation when he took up responsibility for a free-kick from about 35 metres out.

The second half saw the Ghanaians in a more adventurous mood but they failed to threaten Kameni who was well protected by his defence men led by skipper Rigobert Song.

The Ghanaian pressure continued till the 70th minute when N’kong turned the table in favour of the Cameroonians.

Egypte - Ivory Coast

Final result in the second semi-final match between Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire at the 26th Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Egypt: 4 (Fathy 12th, Zaki 62nd, 67th, Trika, 91st)

Cote d’Ivoire: 1 (Keita, 63rd)


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