[AFRICAN NATIONS CUP]
Former MLS player Junior Agogo
scored with just eight minutes remaining to give host Ghana a 2-1 victory over Nigeria Sunday in the quarterfinals of
the African Nations Cup.
Ivory Coast also advanced to Thursday's semifinals with a 5-0 victory over Guinea.
Ghana looked to be in trouble when captain John Mensah
was sent off for a straight red card for a professional foul in the 60th minute, but Agogo, who now plays for Nottingham Forest in the third level of
English soccer, scored the winning goal when he scored off Sulley Muntari's feed from the left. Ayegbeni Yakubu
scored on a penalty kick for
Nigeria in the 34th minute, but the Black Stars evened the score on Michael Essien
's header shortly before halftime.
happy that we got through," Agogo said. "For me personally, I am buzzing that we are through. I can't believe it's true." Salomon
, Essien's Chelsea teammate, scored twice in the second half for Ivory Coast, which put its game away with four goals after halftime. Abdelkader Keita
opened the scoring in the 25th minute, and captain Didier Drogba
and substitute Bakary Kone
also scored in the second half