AFCON 2017 Semifinal: Unfancied Indomitable Lions take on seasoned Black Stars

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Ghana were far from convincing in the group stages after recording two narrow 1-0 wins and then losing to Egypt by the same scoreline

Cameroon face Ghana in Franceville tonight where unfancied underdogs and underachieving giants will clash for a place in the 2017 African Cup of Nations Final.

Ghana were far from convincing in the group stages after recording two narrow 1-0 wins and then losing to Egypt by the same scoreline. They finally clicked into gear against DR Congo where they ran out comfortable winners; certainly more comfortable than the 2-1 scoreline suggested.

The bedrock of Cameroon’s unexpected progress to the semifinals has undoubtedly been their solid defence. Captain Benjamin Moukandjo, however, offers flair and creativity in the final third. To say that tonight’s clash presents an example of defence vs attack would certainly be oversimplifying matters; but a place in the final is on the line and Ghana’s sparkling attacking unit will have to be at its best to break down a stubborn Cameroon rearguard.

Quick facts

  • Cameroon have won 5 African Cup of Nations titles.
  • This is Cameroon’s first semifinal appearance since 2008.
  • Cameroon haven’t won the African Cup of Nations since 2002.
  • The last 3 times Cameroon have reached the semifinal of the African Cup of Nations, they have gone on to reach the final.  
  • Cameroon’s Benjamin Moukandjo has created 15 chances at AFCON 2017; four more than any other player.
  • Ghana have contested the semifinal in every Cup of Nations tournament since 2008.
  • Ghana have won 4 African Cup of Nations titles.
  • Ghana have not won the African Cup of Nations since 1982.
  • Ghana have never beaten Cameroon in 3 AFCON meetings.
  • 3 of the last 4 AFCON semi-finals have featured over 2.5 goals.

Players to watch

Ghana possess a formidable attacking unit. Stalwart and skipper Asamoah Gyan is likely to return to the side and he will be supported by brothers Jordan & André Ayew as well as Christian Atsu to form a fearsome front 4. That quartet will certainly ask questions of a staunch Cameroon backline that has only conceded 2 goals in 4 games so far, marshalled expertly by Slavia Prague man Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui. At the sharp end, much of Cameroon’s creative burden will fall on skipper Benjamin Moukandjo. He has created more goalscoring chances than any other player at AFCON 2017 so far.

Picks

With so much on the line for two teams not expected to get this far, there is justification to back any possible result inside 90 minutes at decent value for punters. Back a 2-1 Ghana win at 9.36. For that and more odds, visit our Cameroon vs Ghana page.

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