Cameroon extended their strong run over the Black Stars of Ghana with another win in the semi final of the 2017 Nation’s Cup. The indomitable Lions edged out the Black Stars in a 2-0 romp to set up a mouth watering clash with Egypt in the grand finale in Sunday.
Avrant Grant’s men made a slow start to the game but gradually eased their way back into the tie only to be denied by second half goals from the Lions. The Ghanaians headed into the fixture with no win in three previous ties, having conceded on the 72nd minute in two of the three previous fixtures.
The Cameroonians will however extend their magical landmark goals on 72 minutes into the third game thanks to an opening goal from Micheal Ngadeu. The young defender found the back of the net on another 72 minute mark to add to their feat in 1968 and 2008. Mbappe scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Cameroon in 1968 with 72 minutes on the clock in the Olympics qualifiers before Allain Moseley Nkong scored the solitary strike on that same minute in the 2008 edition of the Nation’s Cup on home soil.
The hat -tricks of wins for Cameroon over the Black Stars have been spiced by the fact that three of the four goals scored in the said period have been scored on the 72nd minute mark.
Numbers do not play football but such mystical figures deserves a second look at numerology in the build up to games. The Black Stars will have to battle neighbouring Burkina Faso for a place in the podium in the third and fourth place match.
Egypt meanwhile will be looking to extend their winning run in the continent to 25 matches and the right to represent Ghana in Russia later in the year for the FIFA confederation Cup.