Two goals in the final twenty minutes will see Cameroon play in the 2017 AFCON final against Egypt after its upset win over Ghana this morning.
Coming into a match where it was big underdogs, Cameroon took its chances when they came after defending brilliantly for the whole match.
Pay disputes had ravaged the squad on its arrival to Gabon, but once the players were on the pitch the issues seemed to dissipate and that was the same story in this morning’s clash.
Cameroon was unlucky early on to not take the lead when a header from Adolphe Teikeu was cleared off the line by a quick thinking Harrison Afful.
The issues kept coming for the Ghanaian defence who had trouble with the pace and width that Cameroon was displaying.
First Ghana keeper Brimah Razak denied Robert Ndip Tambe with a fine block as the striker turned and laid into a low, powerful drive.
Less than 60 seconds later Cameroon was harshly denied a penalty when Bassogog was clattered to the ground as he was in the process of putting in a cross.
Two further chances fell to the Indomitable Lions in the first half but Ghana did a marvelous job to ensure the scores were deadlocked at the half time interval.
Jordan Ayew had the best chance for Ghana when he sliced through after a defensive error late in the first half but shot across the face of goal.
It was another defensive error that eventually led to the opening goal twenty minutes from time. Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui was on hand to finish smartly after some awful defending by Ghana from a free kick. Ngadjui poked home after Ghana failed to clear the ball away the goal despite being gifted with several chances to do so.
Ghana needed to hit back and should have done just minutes later. Christian Atsu found Jordan Ayew but the Villa man shot wide when he should have at the very least hit the target.
Ghana continued to press away but was turned away time and time again by the committed defence of Cameroon.
With so many men forward looking for the equaliser, it was no surprise to see Ghana get hit on the counter attack.
Bassogog did this and raced downfield to wrong foot Razak and ensured victory for Cameroon deep into stoppage time.
Cameroon is in to its first final since 2008 and its Belgian coach Hugo Broos couldn’t have been more delighted with his teams effort
“It is a real dream for us to get to the final,” said the Indomitable Lions coach.
“Ghana have more experience than us – look at what they have done in recent tournaments. But since the start of this tournament we have shown we keep going right to the end in every game.
“I am very happy, especially for the team. They are an exemplary group on and off the field and they deserve to be in the final.”
It will come up against Egypt in Sunday’s final where it will attempt to secure its fifth AFCON crown.
Ghana again had to settle for a semi final defeat in an underwhelming performance. After performing well for so much of the tournament, the Black Stars were out-muscled and out enthused in almost every battle on the field. It’s 35-year wait for an AFCON title will continue, although they do get the consolation prize of playing for third-place against Burkina Faso on Saturday.
Head coach Avram Grant was bitterly disappointed with the defeat.
“I am more than unhappy. We wanted so much to be in the final,” said Grant.
“We did everything to be there and in the second half we completely dominated. Congratulations to Cameroon of course but we were the better side and we lost.”