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Cameroon on course for fifth title

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  • Cameroon beat Ghana 1-0 to reach Sunday's final of the Africa Cup of Nations
  • Substitute Alain Nkong scores the only goal to send the host nation crashing
  • However, Cameroon have defender Andre Bikey sent offf in the final minute
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ACCRA, Ghana -- Cameroon are just one step away from a record-equalling fifth African Nations Cup title after wrecking Ghana's party with a 1-0 semifinal win over the host nation.

Alain Nkong fires home the only goal to secure Cameroon's place in Sunday's final.

The winners in 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002 came through a tense affair in Accra with Alain Nkong's second-half strike breaking the deadlock and firing Cameroon into Sunday's final.

However, they will go into the final missing Andre Bikey, after the Reading defender picked up a red card after pushing an official in the 90th minute.

Ghana had the first chance when PSV Eindhoven midfielder Eric Addo missed a close range header from Sulley Muntari's free-kick.

Then, on the half-hour mark, Marseille striker Andre Ayew showed some nimble footwork to beat two Cameroon defenders but his low drive lacked punch.

Cameroon went close to taking control seven minutes from the break when Newcastle midfielder Geremi struck a superb 35-meter free-kick which hit the crossbar.

In the second-half Ghana began to put some free flowing moves together and looked the more likely to score with Muntari teamed up well with Michael Essien -- only for the Chelsea star's shot to fly high over.

However, in the 71st minute, Cameroon scored the only goal of the game against the run of play. After a long clearance out of the Lions' defence, Samuel Eto'o set up substitute Nkong -- and the midfielder did well to fire home from 15 meters to silence the home fans.


Ghana were almost back level with 10 minutes left when Junior Agogo's head connected with a Muntari free-kick, only for the striker's effort to go the wrong side of the crossbar.

In the last minute of normal time, Bikey then saw red, arguing with a medical official tending to keeper Carlos Kameni, before bizarrely pushing him over. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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