Zambia through to African Cup of Nations final

MARK WALSH Associated Press Published:

BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) -- Zambia is through to the final of the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 18 years after beating Ghana 1-0 on Wednesday from Emmanuel Mayuka's late goal

The second-half substitute scored in the 78th minute to punish Ghana for missing an early penalty. Striker Asamoah Gyan's eighth-minute spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

Gyan's penalty failure echoed his miss from the spot in the World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay two years ago.

Ghana's Derek Boateng was shown a late red card as his team sank to defeat.

Ivory Coast faces Mali later Wednesday in the other semifinal.

Ghana dominated possession and had a string of chances, but could find no way past the Zambia defense.