Esteban Becker makes three changes from his side’s quarter-final win over Tunisia. Raul Fabiani was hugely ineffective in that game and has been replaced by potential wild card Iban Salvador up front. Randy also sits out as Belima takes his place, while Dani Evuy has come in for Sipo.
There’s only one change for Ghana but it’s an enforced one. Despite a last-minute scramble to recover, Asamoah Gyan’s hip injury has indeed ruled him out of this game, with Jordan Ayew coming on in his place. Kwesi Appiah will lead the line for the Black Stars.
Equatorial Guinea (4-4-2): Ovono; Evuy, Mbele, Rui, Belima; Seno, Zarandona, Doualla, Balboa; Salvador, Nsue.
Ghana (4-2-3-1): Brimah; Afful, Boye, Mensah, Baba; Acquah, Mubarak; Atsu, Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew; Appiah.
Today marks the first-ever meeting between these two countries, who are separated by 700 miles of the Gulf of Guinea. Tonight’s clash at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo is the first time that the tournament hosts have played at this ground in this edition of the AFCON, although Ghana are familiar with these surroundings having beaten Guinea here four days ago.
Four-time winners Ghana went through no such troubles to book their place in the final four. The Black Stars comfortably dispatched Guinea 3-0, and are looking to reach ther first AFCON showpiece since 2010. Ghana have made the semi-finals 12 times – including each of the last four editions – but have not lifted the trophy since 1982.
Equatorial Guinea have reached these lofty heights for the first time in their history. The tournament hosts are here thanks to an unforgettably controversial quarter-final against Tunisia, which saw referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn banned for six months after a slew of baffling decisions – including the stoppage-time penalty for Equatorial Guinea that sent the tie into extra time.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the AFCON semi-final battle between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea. A clash against Cote d’Ivoire awaits the victor. I’m Keeghann Sinanan, your guide for all the action.