Akunnor advises Black Stars to guard against complacency

The former captain has warned the Black Stars against complacency ahead of the Afcon semi-final game with the Indomitable Lions

Former Ghana captain CK Akonnor insists the Black Stars must be wary of complacency against Cameroon in the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, advising the players that their opponents could cause havoc.

The Black Stars defeated DR Congo 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals a record sixth consecutive time since 2008. Their opponents needed a Sadio Mane's missed penalty to see off Senegal in the quarterfinals.

"It is going to be a tough game for the Black Stars and I think they must not be complacent," Akunnor was quoted as saying by Footballghana.com.

"As you know, the Cameroonians eliminated favourites Senegal at the quarterfinals stage and can cause havoc to the Black Stars, so I urge them not to underrate them," he added.

On Wednesday, Egypt defeated Burkina Faso 5-4 on penalties in the first semi-final, after the two teams shared the spoils 1-1 at extra-time.

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A win for Ghana will see them facing the Pharaohs in a repeat of 2010 Afcon final while a victory for Cameroon will be a repeat of the 2008 Afcon final.

Goal understand that captain Asamoah Gyan is likely to continue his bench role after failing to recover fully from a thigh injury and Avram Grant will count on the Ayew brothers to deliver for his side.

Also, goalkeeper Fatau Dauda may be handed his first game in the tournament following a Facebook outburst from Razak Brimah on Monday.