Ayew broth­ers em­u­lat­ing their dad was pretty spe­cial

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The quar­ter­fi­nals of the Africa Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) pro­duced four en­ter­tain­ing matches. At the end, Burk­ina Faso pre­vailed to set up a date with sev­en­time Egypt in the semi­fi­nals. Cameroon, who over­came Sene­gal, will face Ghana. Njabulo Ngidi picks his best mo­ments . The goal­keep­ers put on a solid show. Fabrice On­doa was the stub­born wall that Sene­gal couldn’t pen­e­trate to beat Cameroon and the young goal­keeper won what turned out to be a duel be­tween him and the Lions of Teranga. The old­est man to ever play in the Af­con, 44-year-old Es­sam El-Hadary, also con­tin­ued his hero­ics as he helped Egypt go four games with­out con­ced­ing. How­ever, Ghana’s Brimah Razak pro­duced the best save of this round. Razak flew to stop Cedric Bakambu’s strike that would have sent the match to ex­tra time. Morocco’s Mu­nir Mo­hand Mo­hamedi came up with the sec­ond best save, deny­ing Mo­hamed Salah from point-blank range. Ley Matampi has a tough act to fol­low, tak­ing over from the le­gendary Robert Kidi­aba as the DRC’s first choice goal­keeper. Matampi has shown that he can fill the void Kidi­aba left af­ter his re­tire­ment. He even bor­rowed Kidi­aba’s cel­e­bra­tion af­ter Paul-Jose M’Poku equalised for the Leop­ards against Ghana. The 27-year-old TP Mazembe goal­keeper bounced like Kidi­aba with his bum, shuf­fling around his box. Egypt’s clash with Morocco was an in­tense tac­ti­cal bat­tle be­tween coaches Herve Re­nard and Hec­tor Cu­per. Sene­gal’s bat­tle with Cameroon was an en­durance and psy­cho­log­i­cal marathon, go­ing into penal­ties af­ter two goal­less hours. Burk­ina Faso and Tu­nisia’s en­counter tested the play­ers’ pa­tience, with the two goals that de­cided the match com­ing in the last 10 min­utes. Ghana and the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo’s match was the pick of this round. Great goals, world class saves and end-to-end ac­tion made it the best match of the last eight. An­dre and Jor­dan Ayew took fol­low­ing on their fa­ther’s foot­steps to an­other level with their goals against theDRC. The Ayew broth­ers’ goals took Ghana to the semi­fi­nal of the Af­con. Just over a decade ago, in the 1996 Af­con, Abedi Pele Ayew helped the Black Stars de­feat DRC, then Zaire, at the same stage. Ayew se­nior starred with Tony Ye­boah, who scored the win­ning goal against Zaire, in that Af­con. The Ayew broth­ers now have to win this tour­na­ment, some­thing their fa­ther did in 1982 – the last time Ghana were African cham­pi­ons. The fans took their time to get into the Stade de l’Ami­tie be­cause it is in a se­cluded area far from the peo­ple in Li­bre­ville. But when they fi­nally crammed into the sta­dium, the Burk­ina Faso fans cre­ated a buzzing at­mos­phere. Aris­tide Bance, a favourite with the Burk­in­abe crowd, sent them to a wild frenzy with his goal against Tu­nisia. Bance’s coun­try­men on the stands painted them­selves in the colours of the Stal­lions.

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