Ghana vs Equatorial Guinea AFCON semi-final turns into 'war-zone'

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Last nights AFCON semi-final between Ghana and host nation Equatorial Guinea was marred with ugly scenes of violence that did no favours for the reputation of African football.

Play was suspended for more than 30 minutes because of crowd trouble that included bottles thrown towards players and fans, riot police using tear gas and a helicopter hovering over the stadium.

When play finally resumed, Ghana sealed a 3 - 0 victory with goals from brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew and Mubarak Wakaso, which booked their place in Sunday's final against Ivory Coast, who beat DR Congo 3-1 on Wednesday.


The Ghana FA official twitter pitch described the semi-final as a "war-zone", while their president Kwesi Nyantakyi blamed Equatorial Guinea fans for "unprovoked violent attacks" inside the stadium.

Trouble had been brewing since half time between the two sides as Ghana players had to be protected by riot police as they left the field 2 - 0 up.

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Poor security 

Nyantakyi criticised the amount of security, saying: "I couldn't have counted 50 policemen at the stadium, the rest were from Angola, who were not familiar with the terrain, so they didn't know how to handle the situation. So the Ghanaian fans were left at the mercy of these violent fans.

"This has been a very successful tournament and this isolated incident of violence will leave a slur on the reputation of African football."

Security will no doubt be amped up for Sunday's final between Ghana and Ivory Coast.

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Asamoah Gyan

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