Ghana goes down

Ghana has been walking a tightrope through the African Cup of Nations. The home squad, among the favorites to win it all, has never looked particularly convincing. They needed a late crackerjack volley from Suley Muntari in the opening match to secure three points against Guinea. Then they went a goal down to Nigeria in the quarterfinals before rallying courtesy of a Junior Agogo gamewinner. (Don't miss this touching Agogo marriage proposal. Cribbed from du nord.)

Today the string ran out. The Black Stars fell to Cameroon, 1-0, on the strength of an Alain Nkong goal. The former Colorado Rapids striker was making just his second international appearance for the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon will take on the winner of today's other semifinal in Sunday's championship match. Egypt currently holds a 3-1 lead over Ivory Coast with less than 30 minutes to play.

UPDATE: Egypt romps over the Elephants, 4-1.

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