For years, many pundits have feared the Black Stars have become predictable, and now Cameroon boss Hugo Broos has echoed that belief.
And having tactically outclassed the west Africans in the Afcon semifinal on Thursday, the Belgian has given a little exposition on how his team did it.
All it took was a little bit of careful scrutiny. Two goals in the last 20 minutes from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog were enough to seal condemn the Ghanaians to yet another semifinal loss.
"Ghana relies on the vertical passes, usually from the two central midfielders and two central defenders, and we had to avoid them doing that," Broos said.
"We scored at the good moment. The most important thing was that the team followed the tactical instructions."
This was Cameroon's first final since 2008, and the coach was thrilled that his charges had followed instructions. "I’m very happy and so are the players. I hope this is not a dream. Ghana is good team, and more experienced than us. It is a good thing for this generation."
Ghana is yet to win an African title since 1982.