President of the Ghana Football Association(GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi is optimistic Ghana will win the Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) in Gabon after the Black Stars beat DR Congo to reach the semifinals for the sixth consecutive time.
They might have qualified from the group stage with two narrow wins and a defeat but the Black Stars of Ghana will be facing the real challenge in the Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) against DR Congo in Oyem, Gabon today.
Sadio Mane's brilliant start of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon ended on a very sad note after missing a crucial penalty which gave Cameroon a 5-4 win to cruise to the semi-finals at the expense of Senegal.
Real Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey as calamity full back Danilo put through his own goal for the second time this month despite Cristiano Ronaldo's best efforts with a second-half free-kick.
Zinedine Zidane's team came into the game at Celta's Balaidos Stadium 2-1 down from the first leg after Iago Aspas and Jonny Castro had given the underdogs the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But things went against them in the first half as they tried to get back on level terms. Ronaldo could have levelled the tie on aggregate but first he saw his header from Isco's cross pushed on to the bar by Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez. Then when the ball came back out to him he could not adjust his feet and instead of a right foot finish, he sent a left-foot shot on to the post.Â
Things went from bad to worse for Madrid and full back Danilo on 44 minutes when the home side took the lead on the night.Â
Iago Aspas, the former Liverpool forward, flicked the ball through to John Guidetti and when his shot was saved by Kiko Casilla it hit back-tracking Danilo and rolled into the net.
The defender scored an own goal in the last round powering a header past his own keeper against Sevilla.Â
His confidence has been shot of late to the point where he was kept on the bench by Zidane at the Bernabeu at the weekend to save him from the boo boys.Â
His relationship with his own supporters will not have improved by this latest showing and Madrid now needed a second-half miracle.
If anyone can come up with a miracle it's Ronaldo and when he was fouled by Gustavo Cabral on 61 minutes it was a case of cometh the hour cometh the man.Â Â
The Portugal star's free-kick didn't seem to bend or dip but it was hit with such force that it went past the wall and Alvarez to make the score 1-1. Real Madrid now only needed a goal to take the game to extra-time.Â
But as they poured forward Celta got their golden goal to surely kill off the tie. Daniel Wass played the ball to substitute Jozabed and he laid it back to the Dane who calmly found the back of the net.
Madrid never know when they are beaten and on 90 minutes Lucas Vazquez headed in a corner leaving them needing one more goal to go through and four injury-time minutes to score it.
But the goal never came and Madrid crashed out of the; their chance of a treble this season, gone.Â Mail Online
Coach Avram Grant has made four changes to the squad that played against Mali as the Black Stars of Ghana come face-to-face with Egypt in their last group game tonight in the Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) in Gabon.
Captain Asamoah Gyan will lead the Black Stars against Egypt on the final day of Group D action at AFCON 2017, as Coach Avram makes four changes to the side that beat Mali 1-0 on Saturday to secure Ghana's qualification to the quarter-finals.
Defending champions, Ivory Coast will face a very tough challenge in their quest to qualify to the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON) in Gabon as they come against Morocco in their last Group C match.
Coach of the national team the Black Stars, Avram Grant has jumped to the defense of his team following criticisms by the public that the team play poorly especially in the second halves of both matches played so far.