The Black Stars of Ghana has reached their second African Nations Championship final after a 4-1 penalty shoot-out win over fellow West African country, Nigeria during an absorbing semi-final match played on Wednesday 29-January at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The match had ended goalless and Ghana played for over 50 minutes with ten men after Kwabena Adusei got a yellow card for a poor challenge on Abubakar Ibrahim, but showed character to knock-out the Super Eagles.
Libya had earlier reached the final of the African Nations Championship after beating Zimbabwe 5-4 on penalties as the match ended 0-0 after extra-time. Libya keeper Mohamed Abdaula was the hero for his side, saving Zimbabwe’s final penalty before converting a spot kick of his own in the shootout, which saw 16 penalties taken.
Nigeria will now play Zimbabwe for the bronze medal also on Saturday 1st February at 17:00 before Ghana vs Libya final.
The African Nations Championship which is also sometimes refers to as African Championship of Nations or CHAN, is an African football tournament which was first announced in 2007. The competition is organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and is played between the best national teams of Africa. The tournament is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations.
Source : Confederation of African Football