Ghana eye Afcon final spot

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Ghana are taking aim at the Africa Cup of Nations title as they move closer to the final of the continental showpiece. On paper they are the favourites against hosts Equatorial Guinea, who have reached the semifinals for the first time.

The two sides have never met before in any Afcon matches nor the World Cup qualifiers.

However, Ghana are the more experienced side having won the tournament in 1982.

Ghana assistant coach Maxwell Konadu says his team is bringing a new dimension to this tournament.

“The preparations are quite different this time around. We are going to do a good job because we have been around for some time. But this time around Mr Avram Grant, my boss, has brought a different dimension.”

The hosts will go to Malabo Stadium as underdogs. They have nothing to lose as they enter a new territory.

However, Ghana, who are No.: 5 in Africa, are under pressure to win against Equatorial Guinea who, despite being the home side, are ranked 36th in Africa, and 118th by FIFA.

After a slow start, Ghana reached the knockout stage after topping Group C.

Konadu says, “We have worked hard to get here. So, we will try to seize that opportunity to advance and break that jinx.”

Ghanaian captain Asamoah Gyan is a doubtful starter for the game after he was kicked by Guinea goalkeeper Naby Yattara in their quarterfinal clash, which The Black Stars won 3-0 to advance to the semifinals.

– By Themba Shiba