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Ayew happy to score against DR Congo

12:53 am AEDT 31/1/17
Jordan Ayew and Ghana teammates against Congo Afcon 2017
The Aston Villa man explains why he shed tears after opening the scoring against the Leopards on Sunday

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew has expressed his delight at scoring against DR Congo in their 2-1 win to secure a sixth successive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final berth on Sunday.

The Aston Villa star had gone seven games without scoring for the Black Stars prior to the fixture, but powered his side into the lead on 63rd minute, after latching onto a Mubarak Wakaso pass before going past two defenders to slot in his effort.

Ayew broke down in tears while celebrating and was congratulated by his teammates. However, his effort lasted only five minutes after Paul-Jose M'Poku got DR Congo the equaliser but Andre Ayew sealed victory for Ghana twelve minutes from time after Christian Atsu was brought down in the box.

“It was an important win for the players, the coach, the Football Association and most importantly the people of Ghana, “Ayew said.

“I was very happy to score that goal after several failed attempts and I felt emotional after scoring that was why. I thank everyone for the support and hope to give out my best in the subsequent games,” he added.

Ghana will lock horns with Cameroon in the semi-finals on Thursday, a repeat of the 2008 Afcon.

Jordan is expected to feature against the Indomitable Lions since captain and all-time topscorer Asamoah Gyan continues his recovery from a thigh injury which saw him miss the quarterfinals.