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AFCON on this day: 24 January 2010; Asamoah Gyan’s strike takes Ghana to semifinals

Football News ANGOLA, LUANDA - JANUARY 24: Asamoah Gyan of Ghana kicks a free kick while Angola players looks on during the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final match between Angola and Ghana from the November 11 Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Luanda, Angola. Photo by Lefty ShivambuGallo ImagesGetty Images
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ANGOLA, LUANDA - JANUARY 24: Asamoah Gyan of Ghana kicks a free kick while Angola players looks on during the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final match between Angola and Ghana from the November 11 Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Luanda, Angola. Photo by Lefty ShivambuGallo ImagesGetty Images

Ghana beat Angola 1-0, knocking the hosts country out of the Africa Cup of Nations. The lone goal came from Stade Rennes striker, Asamoah Gyan.

Angola tasted defeat after wasting several golden opportunities and ultimately a first-time spot in the Africa Cup of Nations’ semi-final.

The Palancas Negras stumbled against the four-time winners of the competition (1-0), which, despite the absence of star Michael Essien, bettered the host country.

The build-up to the match had been dominated by claims from the Ghana Football Association of “intimidatory” tactics by Angolan security forces designed they say to destabilise the team. If these allegations were true, the tactic proved ineffectual.

The young Black Stars team faced a hostile crowd at the November 11 Stadium, as Angolans noisily rallied behind their national team. The Palancas Negras created the early opportunities, emboldened by the feverish support of the home crowd.

But Ghana rained on that enthusiasm when Stade Rennes striker, Asamoah Gyan, outmanoeuvred defender Kali, to slot the ball past the Angolan keeper in the 16th minute.

Forced to play on the offensive, Angola doubled their efforts, but consistently came up short. Ghana maintained their defensive positions and resisted the offensive until the final whistle.

Angola: CARLOS, KALÍ, ZUELA [ENOQUE 77], DJALMA CAMPOS, RUI MARQUES, CHARA, GILBERTO [ZÉ KALANGA 73], STÉLVIO [JOB 57], MABINÁ[Y33], FLÁVIO, MANUCHÓ

Coach: Manuel JOSÉ de JESUS.

Ghana: Richard KINGSON, Hans SARPEI, Samuel INKOOM, Lee ADDY, Isaac VORSAH, Kwadwo ASAMOAH, André AYEW (Rahim AYEW ), Emmanuel BADU-AGYEMANG, Asamoah GYAN (Matthew AMOAH), Opoku AGYEMANG], Haminu DRAMANI (Eric ADDO)

.Coach: Milovan RAJEVAC.

Referee: Mohamed BENOUZA

Other AFCON fixtures on 24 January

1996 Group: South Africa 0-1 Egypt

1996 Group: Angola 3-3 Cameroon

1996 Group: Burkina Faso 1-2 Algeria

1996 Group: Sierra Leone 0-4 Zambia

2000 Group: Ivory Coast 1-1 Togo

2000 Group: Algeria 0-0 DR Congo

2002 Group: Mali 0-0 Nigeria

2002 Group: South Africa 0-0 Ghana

2004 Opening match: Tunisia 2-1 Rwanda

2006 Group: Libya 1-2 Ivory Coast

2006 Group: Egypt 0-0 Morocco

2010 Quarter – finals: Algeria 3-2 Ivory Coast

2012 Group: Ghana 1-0 Botswana

2012: Group: Mali 1-0 Guinea

2013 Group: Ghana 1-0 Mali

2013 Group: Niger 0-0 DR Congo

2015 Group: Ivory Coast 1-1 Mali

2015 Group: Cameroon 1-1 Guinea

2017 Group: Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast

2017 Group: Togo 1-3 DR Congo

---happyghana.com

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