Ayew brothers emulating their dad was pretty special
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.