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Ghana In CHAN Semi Finals

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Kwabena Edusei’s 68th minute penalty was enough to earn the Black Stars of Ghana a fortunate win over the DRC and with it passage into the Chan semi-finals in a match played at the Free State stadium, Sunday.

The match that was largely free of goalmouth action, despite some attractive approach play, Adusei’s goal marked the demise of the inaugural Chan champions, DRC.
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The match itself started slowly and for a long time it appeared as if it might not be able to produce any incident worthy of note never mind a goal.

The Black Stars came into this match with an excellent defensive record, having conceded once in their group matches and it was this aspect of their game which they seemed intent on promoting.

The DRC to their credit pushed forward although they failed to create any meaningful chance. The best moment of the first half was in the 13th minute when DRC winger Mubele Ndombe found himself face to face with Steven Adams in goals for Ghana, but blasted his shot over the bar. Ghana were relying on long range shots which failed to trouble Muteba Kidiaba, the DRC keeper.

The Black Stars were, however, almost gifted a goal when Yahaya Mohammed failed to intercept a back pass by inches and Kidiaba scrambled the ball from danger. Then the turning point of the game came in the 68th minute when Jordan Opoku’s low cross into the box hit the hand of Kasusula and the referee pointed to the spot.

Adusei converted to give Ghana the lead and the game. With their defensive record it was hard to imagine the DRC coming back. They fought hard to conjure up any equaliser, but they came unstuck against a watertight rearguard. Attempts from Kasusula and Luvumba Nzinga went agonisingly wide.

The Ghanaians celebrated wildly when the referee blew to end the match. They now face neighbours Nigeria in the semi-final on Wednesday. Meanwhile Libya are through to the semi-finals following their 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Gabon. The match had ended 1-1 after extra time.

Read more at News Of The South

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