The Black Stars of Ghana have fallen once again before reaching the final. The Stallions of Burkina Faso won a physical and closely contested match in penalties 1-1 (3-2). All luck was with the Ghanaians but the Burkinabe held their nerve when it mattered.

Mubarak Wakaso put away another questionably won spot kick 13 minutes into the match. Asamoah Gyan missed a chance to put Ghana further ahead when his shot struck the post. Later in the match his head went close but passed just over the bar.

Bance took advantage of poor defending and passed his shot into the net without interference from any man in white. Goalkeeper Duada made many fine saves throughout the match. The Black Stars had every chance to win the game despite the spirited play of their competitors. Not even the patchwork pitch can account for their sluggish and unfocused play. 

The referee was a central figure in the match, pulling back a goal from Burkina Faso for a phantom foul and handing Jonathan Pitroipa a second yellow meaning he will miss the final.

In penalties, Ghanaian defender Vorsah stuck the boards with his opening shot. Pan Pierre Coulibaly missed for Burkina Faso giving Emmanuel Clottey a chance he scorned. Bance chipped Duada and Douada Diakite saved Badu’s shot to seal the win.

Burkina Faso earned their place while Ghana have only their own profligacy to blame.  Missing Pitroipa hurts them but the final with Nigeria should still be closely contested.

 

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