Ghana go for Gold
Ghana advanced to the Final of the All Africa Games Men’s Tournament after a narrow 1-0 win over bitter rivals Cameroon at the Maxaquene Stadium in Maputo, on Wednesday afternoon.
Ghana will now take on South Africa Saturday evening at the National Stadium, with the latter enjoying a psychological edge over their opponents, having won their group encounter 1-0, last Wednesday.
Cameroon’s technical team will we asking how they managed to lose this game, after their team dominated possession for most of the 90 minutes.
Poor finishing and a superb performance from Ghana captain and goalkeeper Daniel Agyei ensured that the junior Black Stars have a shot of been crowned champions of the All Africa Games.
Cameroon laid siege to the Ghana goal in the opening minutes and should have scored within two minutes when Douglas Djika fired in a shot, which Agyei did well to block back into the path of the striker, but the follow up effort ran across the face of the goal.
A minute later David Wirikom broke free of his markers and fired a shot at goal but it went wide, when he should have brought out a save of Agyei from such a good position in front of goal.
The match was fiercely contested between the two teams and referee Eric Castane issued cautions to Patrick Kamgaing and Edwin Gyimahafter a heated exchange between the two threatened to boil over.
The pattern of possession continued into the second half as Cameroon maintained their momentum but against the run of play in the 51st minute their defence was caught flat-footed and Prince Baffoe broke through and drilled his shot past Jean Efala and into the top corner.
It seemed Cameroon’s pressure would finally result in an equaliser when Stephane Namedji drove a dangerous cross goalwards and landed at the feet of Justin Mengolo on the goal line. The substitute just had to get his foot to the ball to put it over the line but somehow managed to miss it completely and the chance went begging.
It summed up the match for the Cameroonian team and the fight went out of them as Ghana finished the game the stronger side.
Cameroon will now need to regroup ahead of the match up with Senegal in the third-place play off, while Ghana can look forward to the gold medal match against South Africa.
Cameroon: Efala, Ibrahim, Nguemaleu, Lobe, Kamgaing (Mengolo 56’), Wirikom (Tembeng 65’) , Essengue, Namedji, Teikeu, Djika, Atouba (Nformi 88)
Ghana: Agyei, Sefah, Adams, Abubakar (Ali 76'), Mpong, Morton, Otoo (Kpodo 90+3), Baffoe, Gyimah, Sumaila, Fiamenyo
13 Sept South Africa 0 (6) Senegal 0 (5) Maxaquene
14 Sept Cameroon 0 Ghana 1 Maxaquene
Third Place Play Off
16 Sept Senegal v Cameroon Maxaquene
17 Sept South Africa v Ghana National Stadium
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