PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA (FEBRUARY 02, 2013) (REUTERS) - Substitute Mubarak Wakaso hit two goals as four-times champions Ghanaended the fairytale run of Cape Verde Islands with a 2-0 African Nations Cup quarter-final victory on Saturday (February 02).
Wakaso struck twice in the second half, once from the penalty spot, as Ghana clinched a semi-final meeting with Burkina Faso or Togo. Ghana were fortunate to break the deadlock after 54 minutes at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Ghana supporters could not contain their joy.
There was no shortage of confidence that Ghana will lift the trophy this time around.
"This match was a good match. The defenders were good, the attackers were good and the keeper was so fantabolous. We had a counterattack and we utilized it. We are going to Joburg tomorrow and on the 11th we are taking the cup to Ghana. We are proud of the Black Stars. Ghana," said another Ghana supporter Amandon Oppong.
"In fact we are expecting more goals so far we got good goals, two straight goals which is very good. That is why we want to qualify for the semi-finals. We have taken each match one step by step and I know the boys will do very well and get the cup. It has been a long time, about 31 years since we won the cup and we hope this year we are going to take the cup home," said Edward Avokpackson.
Ghana still dreams of a fifth title, 31 years after their last triumph in 1982.