Cameroon dash Ghana’s AFCON dream

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Cameroon will face Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final after two second-half strikes saw off the Black Stars of Ghana.

The Cameroonians scored in the 73th and 93rd respectively of the semi-finals clash to set a date with Egypt of the 31st Africa Cup of Nations in Franceville.

The Cameroonians were the better of the two dictating the pace of the encounter with little from the Black Stars.

Ghana came strongly in the second pulling the necessary strings but it was Ngadeu and Bassogog second half scores was enough to dashed Ghana’s hopes of renewing their 35-year-old championship.

Ghana had the opportunity to cruise out but the defenders failed in the second half to offer the Cameroonians the final opportunity.

Both sides had gone close to breaking the deadlock before Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui took advantage of atrocious defending from a free-kick to lash in the opener in the 72nd minute.

With seconds remaining Christian Bassogog sealed victory when he applied a deft finish to a counter-attack.

That will be the Indomitable Lions’ first Cup of Nations final since they lost 1-0 to the Egyptians in 2008.

Cameroon also beat Ghana in the semi-finals.  Ghana, who have still never beaten Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso on Saturday.

Ghana made their sixth consecutive Cup of Nations semi-final, but their wait to win the trophy for the first time since 1982 will go on.

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