- Apr 18, 2009
----------------------BBC SPORT said:Ghana are through to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations after they held on to a first-half lead to progress.
Striker Asamoah Gyan made a darting run to fire in a near-post header to put the Black Stars ahead after 21 minutes.
Solid performances from Ghana keeper Richard Kingson and his defence kept Nigeria from capitalising on some solid second-half pressure.
It will be Ghana's first Nations Cup final appearance since 1992.
The result will put immense pressure on Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu - who was already receiving heavy criticism from Nigerian fans and media for what they regarded as poor performances earlier in the competition.
\"My contract is until August,\" Amodu said in the post-match press conference.
\"If I'm still in charge up to the World Cup I will look at our deficiencies in this competition and look at areas of reinforcement.
\"I don't think we lost to a better side, we lost to a youthful and enterprising side.\"
His Nigeria team passed well, but were unable to convert their dominance into goals.
I'm watching the other semi now. Egypt lead 1-0 at half-time