Two revenge missions lie ahead of the Ghana Black Stars if they are to annex their first Cup of Nations trophy in 35 years.
Ghana, over the past decade, has consistently reached the final four of the African Cup of Nations, but has consistently fallen short of lifting the ultimate trophy.
Cameroon painfully beat the Stars at this same stage in 2008, during the heady days of Ghana 2008 when everyone was convinced we were in for host and win. That loss started the run of underachievement for the Stars, culminating in two final losses in 2010 and 2015 and semi final losses in 2012 and 2013.
The team that beat Ghana in the final in 2010, Egypt, now wait in the finals for the winner of this clash. Whoever wins, it would be a repeat of either the 2008 or 2010 final.
Ghana enters the game as favourites although we have not been playing so well this tournament, but the Cameroonian team is a young one trying to leave up the legacy of their great teams of the past.
Captain Asamoah Gyan is expected to return to lead the attack, after suffering an injury in the final group game against Egypt. The team is likely to remain unchanged, with Afriyie Acquah regaining his place on the bench to accommodate the returning Gyan.
Beating Cameroon is a must for a team not well liked back home, and especially going on to get revenge on Egypt – who not only beat Ghana in the 2010 finals but has beaten us twice already in the past three months – is the only way for them to redeem not just Ghana’s reputation as winners, but theirs in the eyes of the Ghanaian public.
Kick off for Ghana-Cameroon is 1900 GMT.