Ghana reached the final of the African Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Egypt in Luanda this afternoon. A near post header from Asamoah Gyan was enough to secure victory. Mixed emotions for our own John Pantsil, who as a proud Ghanaian must be delighted that his compatriots have reached the final, but gutted that injury prevented him from being part of the ride.
From a Fulham perspective, it was interesting to see Dickson Etuhu dropped to the bench for this one, replaced by Ayila Yussuf. He had a rather disappointing 60 minutes in the quarter final against Zambia, which was eventually settled on penalties, and doesn’t enjoy the greatest relationship with coach Shuaibu Amodu. The Super Eagles have one more match, the third/fourth place play-off on Saturday before Etuhu will head back to London.
It is another triumph for Ghana’s Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac, who has worked wonders to get the Black Stars into the final given the injury crisis he has had to contend with at the tournament. Ghana will play the winners of the second semi-final, between old rivals Egypt and Algeria, which kicks off at 7.30pm. You can watch it on BBC Three, the BBC Sport website or British Eurosport – or listen to live commentary from the BBC World Service.