Cameroon beat Ghana to reach AFCON final

Exactly 8 years today the Indomitable Lions defied odds to edge Ghana by a lone goal to nil to set a date with Egypt in the AFCON 2008 final

The victory puts the Cameroonians in line to pursue a fifth Nations Cup glory at the biennial summit.

The goal came against the run of play after the Lions had managed to soak lots of pressure from the Ghanaians, who started aggressively from recess. It was indeed the first chance of the Cameroonians in the second half.

A three-man move initiated by Jean Epalle began after the Lions had survived a Ghanaian invasion set free Samuel Eto'o, who passed splendidly to Nkong in the penalty area.

Both teams had a scrappy first half with scanty chances, while action was centred in the midfield, where the Black Stars petit Anthony Annan excelled in challenging his opponent Alexander Song.

Earlier in the match, Eric Addo had a rare chance to put Ghana ahead in the fifth minute, when he met Sulley Muntari's well-taken free kick but mistimed to fluff the chance.

Achille Emana came close for Cameroon on the 21 minutes by cracking a half-volley just over the bar, whilst Geremi Njitap's 40 yards free kick with seven minutes to recess hit the bar with Ghana's goalkeeper, Richard Kingston well displaced.

With Michael Essien confined to a defensive role without suspended Captain John Mensah, Ghana's midfield lacked flair to create chances for the attack.

But Ghana was to dominate after the recess and appeared to be inching closer to the goal that never was, as the attackers failed with their final balls.

In between play, Annan came close with a 25-yard shot, with John Paintsil heading Muntari's corner wide.

With the clock ticking, the reality of losing dawned on Ghana as they began to double their effort but Manuel Junior Agogo headed over the bar with nine minutes of regulations time remaining.

Cameroon defender Andre Bikey was sent off in the 90th minute for pushing a medical official attending to Rigobert Song to the ground.

Egypt in the final defeated Cameroon 1-0 to defend their title.

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