Coach Avram Grant is, at his first attempt, rejoicing in his team’s qualifying for the final of the Orange African Nations’ Cup, Equatorial Guinea 2015.
The Black Stars trounced Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the second semi-final on Thursday night in Malabo thanks to goals from Jordan Ayew from the penalty spot, Mubarak Wakaso and Andre Ayew to set a final showdown with Ivory Coast on Sunday in Bata.
On record, this is the second time since Angola 2010 that Ghana (four-time winners) have reached the final after making the last four on their previous four continental outings.
Avram Grant, named Ghana coach in November 2014, is on the path to break Ghana’s jinx on the continental glory which they last won in Libya in 1982.
In a post – match press conference, Grant remarked; “It is good to be in the final especially with Ghana. Before the tournament, nobody gave us a chance. Everyone talked about the other teams. Now we are in the final and we would want to win the cup,”
In an all-West African encounter, Ghana will take on Cote d’Ivoire in a repeat of the 1992 final in Senegal which the Ivorians won after a marathon penalty shootout, 11-10 in what was the first time every player had taken part in the penalty shootout in the final of a major continental tournament.
Wakaso’s goal, his side’s second goal against the hosts is the 1500th goal in the African Nations’ Cup and his name will be printed in the history books.
Former Nigeria midfielder, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha scored the 1000th goal of the Africa Nations’ Cup in the group stage of the 2004 edition when he scored the second goal in a 4-0 win against South Africa on 31 January 2004 in Monastir.
By: Jammeh E.K. Bojang