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.
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. NaijaBet.com
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.
Ghana – have a poor record against Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations but Asamoah Gyan is determined to seize another chance to reach AFCON glory by defeating Cameroon in Thursday’s semi-final.The Black Stars have reached this stage in each of the last six tournaments but have not lifted the trophy since 1982 and were beaten by Ivory Coast in the final of 2015.
Avram Grant’s side, who beat DR Congo 2-1 in the last round, have looked one of the most convincing in Gabon but they have a poor record against Cameroon in the competition, having failed to win any of their three previous encounters.
Cameroon – have faced a battle to reach this stage, having scraped out of the group with a 0-0 draw against hosts Gabon before a penalty shootout win over favourites Senegal.
Goalkeeper Ondoa saved the crucial spot-kick from Sadio Mane in the quarter-final and he can expect to be busy once again on Thursday against a side boasting formidable attacking strength.
This is a re-run of the 2008 African Cup of Nations semi-final; Cameroon claimed a 1-0 victory on that occasion prior to losing in the final.
The last three times Cameroon reached the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations, they have progressed to the final.
Cameroon’s last four goals at the AFCON have all come from outside the box while the last three conceded by Ghana have been from outside the penalty area.
Cameroon come into this game without a goal in their last two AFCON matches, failing to score with any of their last 23 shots in the tournament.
Cameroon’s Benjamin Moukandjo has created 15 chances in the 2017 African Cup of Nations; four more than any other player.
At least one of the Ayew brothers has been directly involved in 10 of Ghana’s last 14 goals at the AFCON (five goals and two assists for Andre, two goals and an assist for Jordan – never assisting each other in that time).