Zambia reached the African Cup of Nations final for the first time since 1994, defeating Ghana 1-0 Wednesday night as Emmanuel Mayuka scored in the 78th minute.

Ghana, which beat the United States en route to the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, could have gone ahead in the eighth minute, but Asamoah Gyan's penalty kick was saved by goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene. In the World Cup quarterfinals against Uruguay two years ago, Gyan's penalty kick in overtime went off the crossbar, and the Black Stars were eliminated in a shootout.

Mayuka entered for the Copper Bullets at the start of the second half. No. 26 Ghana finished a man short after Derek Boateng was ejected in the 84th.

Zambia, tied for 71st in the FIFA rankings, advanced to Sunday's final against the winner of the Ivory Coast-Mali match later Wednesday.