Malabo – Five facts on the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between hosts Equatorial Guinea and Ghana in Malabo Thursday:
-- This is the first ever fixture between the two sides as Equatorial Guinea and Ghana have never met before at the Cup of Nations, nor in the qualifiers, nor faced each other in World Cup eliminators.
-- United Arab Emirates-based Asamoah Gyan skippers Ghana and another striker, Emilio Nsue from English second-tier club Middlesbrough, captains Equatorial Guinea.
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-- The Black Stars of Ghana have won six Cup of Nations semi-finals, drawn one and lost three, scoring 14 goals and conceding 13. It will be the first last-four appearance by Equatorial Guinea.
-- Four-time Cup of Nations champions Ghana are far above Equatorial Guinea on the January FIFA rankings with a 31-place advantage in Africa and an 81- place advantage in the world.
-- Equatorial Guinea are unbeaten in the 2015 Cup of Nations with two draws followed by two victories while Ghana started with a loss and then won three consecutive games.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.