Cameroon beat Ghana to reach AFCON final

04 Feb 2017 | By Vijaya
Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Cameroon defeated Ghana 2-0 to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Both the sides were goalless until the 72nd minute when Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui cashed in on the poor Ghanaian defence, to open the score line. The second goal came from Christian Bassogog in the stoppage time.

In the final, Cameroon will face Egypt, who beat Burkina Faso in semis, on penalties.

In context: Africa Cup of Nations 2017

SummaryAfrican Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations is one of the top international football competitions played in the African continent.

Organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the tournament happens every two years. It was first held in 1957.

Egypt is the most successful team having won it 7 times. The last edition of the tournament was won by Ivory Coast.

Venue and schedule2017 edition of Africa Cup of Nations

2017 AFCON (Africa Cup of nations) is the 31st edition of the tournament. It was scheduled to be played in Gabon from 14 Jan - 5 Feb.

16 countries qualify to compete in the AFCON. This also includes an automatic qualification for the hosts.

Winner of the competition goes on to represent the African continent at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

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Teams and format

Group StageTeams and format

16 teams were drawn into 4 pools of 4 teams each. They include : Group A - Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau; Group B - Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Zimbabwe; Group C - Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo; Group D - Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Uganda.

After the group stage, contested in a round-robin format, top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals.

ResultsWhich teams made it to the Semis?

8 teams that qualified from the Group Stage are: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, RD Congo, Morocco, Egypt, and Ghana.

Hosts Gabon and defending champions Ivory Coast were eliminated in this stage without a single win to their name.

Further in the quarterfinals, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Cameroon, and Ghana, won their games and booked their spots in the semis.

04 Feb 2017Cameroon beat Ghana to reach AFCON final

Number of times the current finalists were in AFCON final

Egypt are in the AFCON final for the 9th time having won 7 of their previous 8 times (last win in 2010). Cameroon on the other hand is set for a 7th AFCON final, winning 4 of their 6 final outings (last win in 2002).
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06 Feb 2017Cameroon the champions of Africa, beats Egypt in AFCON final

Cameroon defeated Egypt 2-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations final, to become the champions of Africa.

The Indomitable Lions who were trailing by a goal at the first half, produced a stunning comeback to seal the victory.

While Egypt's Elneny scored the opener, Nicolas N'koulou equalized in 59th minute. The winner came from Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar in the 89th minute.