Black Stars set AFCON record

Ghana eased into a record fifth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final by mesmerising Guinea in the quarters on Sunday.

-Ghana became the first country to reach the semi finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on five consecutive occasions, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

-A total of 61 goals have been scored so far in the AFCON 2015, which is better than last edition’s 57 goals  in South Africa after 28 games.

-The four quarter final games witnessed 16 goals, equaling the tournament’s best at this stage of the competition in 2008.

-DR Congo’s comeback from two second half goals to beat their neighbours Congo by 4-2 in the quarter finals is one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the AFCON. The first time a nation survived a two-goal lead or more was 1970, when Cameroon overturned a 2-goal lead by Côte d’Ivoire to win 3-2. The second time came in 1998, when DR Congo came back from a three-goal lead by Burkina and won on penalties after the game had ended four all. Egypt also overturned a two-goal lead by Burkina Faso in 2000 to win 4-2 and Mali came back from a four-goal lead by Angola to draw four all in 2010.

-Ghana continued their AFCON invincibility over their West African counterparts, Guinea by walloping them three goals to nil on Sunday to book their ticket to the semi finals of the ongoing AFCON. The Black Stars have won 4 and drawn 2 of their 6 AFCON meetings with the Syli Nationale of Guinea.

-Guinea have failed in four quarter final attempts in the AFCON and coincidentally they were all against West African oppositions ((Lost 1-2 to Mali in 2004, before losing 2-3 to Senegal in 2006, 0-5 to Côte d’Ivoirea and now o-3 defeat to Ghana).

-The leading top scorers in the ongoing AFCON have scored three goals each. They are as follows:

Thievy Bifouma of Republic of the Congo

Javier Balboa of Equatorial Guinea

Ahmed Akaïchi of Tunisia

-Ghana have scored 7 goals so far which is the highest number by a country in the 2015 AFCON.