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AFCON: Ghana Keeper Marks Quarterfinal Win with Wide-Eyed Celebration (Video)

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 02:  Dauda Abul Fatawu of Ghana during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-Final match between Ghana and Cape Verde at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 2, 2013 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterFebruary 5, 2013

Of all the reasons we love the Africa Cup of Nations, the celebrations might rank at the top.

On the one hand, we have Congo goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba, who celebrated a goal for his team in the group stage by bouncing around on his rear end (video here).

On the other hand, others are planning ahead. Take for instance the prostitutes of Nigeria, who are promising the men of the country a "week of free sex" if the Super Eagles win the Cup (via our friend Ryan Bailey over at Dirty Tackle).

And then there's Abdul Fatawu Dauda, the goalkeeper for Ghana. Ghana, as you probably already know, advanced to the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Cape Verde 2-0 on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Mubarak Wakaso scored twice, a controversial penalty in the 54th minute and a breakaway goal in the 90th, to lead Ghana to within two wins of their first African title since 1982.

"Our first half was okay, but second half was not one of our best games," said Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah (via BBC Sport).

Appiah added: "Cape Verde dominated in the second half, but the important thing is that we won and are through to the semi-finals."

As if to illustrate the point, Dauda marked the victory with a wide-eyed celebration for the cameras. Or more accurately, he approached one unfortunate camera with a truly frightening face.

A clip of Dauda's celebration appears above and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Tuesday. Enjoy (there's a super-slow-motion version here) then tell us this:

How far can Ghana go? With Ivory Coast out of the tournament, are Ghana the favorites?

And more importantly, does Dauda have anything left in his celebratory repertoire? We can only hope.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

 

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