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Published: Mon, February 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Cameroon to meet Egypt in final

Cameroon to meet Egypt in final

Christian Bassogog rounded off a counterattack in injury time, running through on Ghana's goal unchallenged to seal Cameroon's place in the final as a desperate Ghana threw everyone forward in search of an equalizer.

"This is my first Africa Cup of Nations and for most of my colleagues too, and we are in the final, something which does not happen often".

"I am unhappy. We were the better side and deserve to win the game against Cameroon".

But, after coming through their group at the expense of hosts Gabon and beating Senegal on penalties in the quarter-finals, the Indomitable Lions beat Ghana 2-0 on Thursday to set up a completely unexpected final against Egypt tomorrow.

Bassogog, 21, is one of many "second-choice" Cameroon players who only got their chance to travel to Gabon after eight first-team members withdrew prior to the tournament, due to a perceived lack of expectation that they would go almost this far. "But since the beginning of this tournament we have shown that we play to advance in every game".

For Ghana, often tipped for the title or among the top contenders, it was another miserable experience at the African championship.

The second half saw Ghana dominate the game as Andre Ayew cut his eye in a collision with goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa and Mubarak Wakaso forced a diving save with his swirling free kick.

Ghana, who have still never beaten Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso on Saturday.

Coach Avram Grant's team threw everything at Cameroon in the last 20 minutes after Ngadeu's goal but just couldn't break through.

"I am not happy, because we were the better side".

After victory over Zambia and Algeria, the Super Eagles face Cameroon in a crucial double-header of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in August and September.

Broos said his young Cameroon players, full of natural enthusiasm, had to avoid falling into the Egyptian trap in the final. Bance's goal was the first goal scored against Egypt from open play at the 2017 AFCON.

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