Ghana edge DRC to set up Nigeria semi

2014-01-26 22:54

Kwabena Adusei netted the solitary goal as Ghana beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in their African Nations Championship (CHAN) semifinal at the Free State Stadium.

Aduseyi calmly converted from the penalty spot in the 67th minute after Congolese defender Joel Mpela handled the ball inside the box.

The penalty decision was not without controversy as the Leopards fans threw missiles onto the pitch, protesting the decision from Mauritanian referee, Ali Lemghaifry.

Ghana's victory sets up a highly-anticipated semifinal meeting with their West African rivals, Nigeria, at the same Bloemfontein venue on Wednesday.

The Ghanaians are now two wins away from fulfilling their ambition of a first continental title in 32 years, should they lift the CHAN trophy, despite the team still battling for consistency and goals in the tournament.

They have scored just four goals from the same number of matches with two from the penalty spot – and both of them converted by defender Adusei.

The burly duo of Yahaya Mohammed and Seidu Bancey battled upfront and did not test Robert Kidiaba in the Congolese goal in the first half.

Mohammed came close to doubling his side’s margin in the closing stages but was denied by Kidiaba, but Ghana held on for the crucial victory despite a late Leopards surge to equalise.

It was Congo who showed more urgency in the opening half as Mubele Ndombe turned his marker before shooting over the goalposts in the 13th minute.

Lema Mabidi’s attempt outside the box went just wide of goal midway through the half.

The Leopards then took their foot off the pedal for the latter stages of the half before throwing caution to the wind in the dying stages of the game to no reward.

To add to the misery from the defeat, the 2009 competition winners now face being fined by the continental body – the Confederation of African Football – for the unpleasant scenes from their supporters.

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