AFCON 2017: Ghana’s 35-year wait for coveted trophy continues

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ghana waitGhana’s hearts were broken again last night after Cameroon beat them 2-0 in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament taking place in Gabon.

The Black Stars have reached six consecutive semi-finals in the continental showpiece, but have failed to lift the coveted trophy on all those occasions.

The last time the Ghanaians lifted an AFCON title was way back in 1982, and any hopes of that changing were dashed last night with the painful loss to Cameroon.

Having lost to Cote d’Ivoire in the 2015 final, this was the perfect stage for Avram Grant’s side to improve and lift the trophy, but that wasn’t to be.

After a barren first half, the Cameroonians stepped up to score in the 72nd minute through Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui.

As the Ghanaians poured forward in search of an equalizer, the Cameroonians broke away in stoppage time to slot in a second through Christian Bassogog, leaving the Black Stars in tears.

The Ghanaians will now battle it out with Burkina Faso for third place in a play-off that will be held on Saturday.

Burkina Faso lost to Egypt in the other semi-final on Wednesday through a penalty shoot-out after they had played a 1-1 draw.

The final between Egypt and Cameroon will be played on Sunday, with the Pharaohs seeking a record eighth title.

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