Cameroon, Burkina Faso Through To AFCON Semis

Cameroon, Burkina Faso Through To AFCON SemisCameroon’s Indomitable Lions have booked their place in the semifinals of the African Nations Cup at the expense of Senegal via penalties after an exhausting encounter in Franceville.

No goal was scored in normal time despite both sides creating good scoring opportunities. The situation was the same in extra time.

However, Cameroon emerged winners in the shootout which ended 5-4  in their favour.

Senegal’s Liverpool star man, Sadio Mane was the only player to miss his spot kick as the Cameroonian keeper guessed the ball would be sent through the middle.

Burkina Faso earlier booked a place in the semifinal of the ongoing African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals with a 2-0 victory over Tunisia in Libreville on Saturday.AFCON: Burkina Faso Beat Tunisia 2-0 To Reach Semi-Final

It had been a frustrating one for both teams for most part of the match until the introduction of former Chippa United forward, Aristide Bance late in the game.

Bance turned out to be the game changer in the 80th minute when he drilled home a free-kick, low and hard into the bottom corner.

Minutes later, it was 2-0 and wrapped up for Burkina Faso.

Tunisia had a corner cleared and Nakoulma raced clear with only the Tunisia keeper, Aymen Mathlouthi to beat at the halfway line. The Burkina Faso forward rounded him and sent the ball into an empty net.

Meanwhile, Ghana have been boosted by news that injured captain Asamoah Gyan’s time at the 2017 AFCON may not have been over.

Gyan was taken off during the Black Stars’ 1-0 defeat to Egypt after 41 minutes on Wednesday following what was initially reported as a groin injury.

His withdrawal, coupled with post-match comments by Coach Avram Grant that “it is not looking good” for the striker, prompted concerns that Gyan’s tournament might be over.

But the football association have confirmed their skipper is back at the team’s camp in Oyem as they get set for a quarter-final meeting with DR Congo on Sunday.

AFCON 2015: We Tried Our Best – Gyan

asamoah-Gyan-2The Skipper of the Ghanian National Team, Asamoah Gyan, believes his team has no excuse for losing the final game against the Elephants of Ivory Coast in the just concluded 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Asamoah Gyan, the all-time leading goalscorer of the Ghana national football team, said in an interview that although his team might be unhappy, they did well enough in the competition.

“We went to the penalty shootout but we lost.

“I am very sad at the moment, everybody is sad but I do not regret our performance at all,” Gyan said.

The top goalscorer in the UAE league in the 2013 season, said further that the team was hoping for a change, adding that they have a bright future. According to him, the least they could do is to work harder.

“We did so well in the competition and we have a bright future because we have got young talented players.

“We are hoping to change everything, we tried our best but it did not happen so I have got nothing to say,” the Al-Ain FC forward said.

Expressing his feelings about the Ivorian National team on the other hand, Gyan said he thinks they are happy.

“I think the Ivorians are happy now because they won the cup.

“They have gone to the final on two occasions and they’ve lost. This year they came back again to win it.

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The Elephants celebrates

“They went to penalty shoot out two times and this is the third time they went to penalty shootout and they won,” he added.

The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire became African Champions for the second time after their first taste of the continental glory in 1992.

The Ivorians defeated a Ghanaian team that featured the likes of Abedi Pele in a similar final on penalties at Senegal ’92.

Cote d’Ivoire Beat Ghana 9-8 To Win AFCON 2015

AFCONThe Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire have defeated the Black Stars of Ghana 9-8 on penalties to win the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015.

The Ivorian’ winning goal was scored by the goalkeeper, Barry.

The game had ended scoreless after regulation time.

Cote d’Ivoire also beat Ghana on penalties to clinch their first AFCON title in Senegal, 1992.

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Joseph Yobo Predicts Ghana Will Win AFCON 2015

afconFormer Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has predicted that Ghana would win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) ongoing in Equatorial Guinea.

“I tip Ghana to win the tournament. As our brothers and long term allies, I would like them to win the tournament. Above all, I think they have a good team,” he said.

The Black Stars beat host country, Equatorial Guinea, in the semi-final to land in the final match against Ivory Coast who beat Algeria to progress.

Yobo, who confessed that he has not been following the tournament, feels the Black Stars led by former Chelsea Manager, Avram Grant, have shown enough resilience to win the trophy.

The Sunday evening duel would be a replay of the 1992 AFCON final, which saw Ivory Coast defeating Ghana to win in Senegal.

It is believed that the Black Stars, gunning for a fifth continental glory, would also be seeking revenge.

Ghanaian Striker, Jordan Ayew, has, however, said that the AFCON 2015 final match against Cote d’Ivoire would not be about revenge for the 1992 defeat that the Ghanaian team including his father – Abedi – suffered at the hands of the Elephants.

While expressing his hope for a win against the star studded Elephants, he said that the team’s focus would on ending their three decades of heartbreak in Africa’s biggest football prize.

Jordan insisted that he and his brother, Andre would not have revenge at the back of their minds when they walk on to the pitch to face Africa’s best player for four years, Yaya Toure; former Arsenal forward, Gervinho and other top players who make up the equally glory starved Ivorian team.

“We want to win the game on Sunday not because of 1992, but because we have not won an AFCON tournament since 1982,” Jordan said.

AFCON 2015: We Will Win This For Ghana – Ayew

ayewAhead of the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON 2015 final match that is to hold at the Bata Stadium on Sunday, the Ghanaian team are optimistic of the outcome.

Andre Ayew, the Ghanaian forward has vowed that the Ghanaian team will fight to win Sunday’s AFCON final match against Cote d’Ivore for the whole of Ghana.

The Ghanaian forward has shone in this competition, scoring three goals but he insisted it was the result of the confidence he has enjoyed both from his teammates and the coach.

“I have tried to raise my game because I have been given responsibilities both on and off the pitch. It is due to the group and the confidence from the coach,” he said.

He also blamed inexperience for the Black Stars loss at the 2010 AFCON final to Egypt saying that 14 players had been brought from the U20 World Cup and the team was in the final after three months of the tournament where they were attacking, but couldn’t score.

Ayew said, “I remember the red coat my father wore (sitting on the sidelines in the 1992 final). My father is a Ghanaian and so I want to win this cup for all Ghanaians.”

Ghana last won this competition in 1982 with Andre’s father, the legendary Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew, one of the top stars from that triumph in Libya.

Ten years later, Ayew senior could not play another Africa Cup final after he picked up a second yellow card against Nigeria in the semi-final and Cote d’Ivoire went ahead to beat the Black Stars 11-10 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes of action. “When you get to the final, you need to do everything to win the trophy,” he said.

Ghanaian Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, returned to training in Bata on Saturday ahead of the AFCON 2015 final against Ivory Coast.

Gyan did not join his colleagues during the team work out, but trained separately with physical trainer Jamie Lawrence due to his health status.

Gyan must pass a late fitness test to make Avram Grant’s starting line-up for the final against Ivory Coast.

The 29-year-old missed Ghana’s AFCON 2015 semi-final against Equatorial Guinea due to a hip injury he suffered against Guinea last Sunday.

Avram Grant, the black star coach also said that reaching the final of the AFCON tournament is as important to him as reaching the UEFA Champions league final.

“For me, I do not rate any final as the best; it’s a good achievement we have reached with these guys and all Ghanaian should get behind the team,” he said.

The former Chelsea boss took charge of the West African giants three weeks to CAF’s flagship competition, but has managed to reach the final of the competition.

Ghana’s Andre Ayew Out Of Togo Clash

Andre AyewAndre Ayew will miss Wednesday’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Togo, the Ghana Football Federation said on Monday.

According to FIFA.com, the Marseille midfielder was injured in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Uganda and is expected to be out for two weeks.

However, Ghana could welcome back Asamoah Gyan, who missed the Uganda match through injury.

Ghana are top of Group E with one game remaining as all four sides can still qualify for the finals in Equatorial Guinea.

The four teams are separated by just two points with Uganda and Guinea trailing Ghana by a point and Togo bottom, another point further back.