By Hakeem Babalola
The 27th African cup of nations which began last week has reached its crucial stage. Four nations have qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament that has produced intrigues, surprises, bad and good officiating and so forth.
It is more interesting because the semi-finals are being shared by North and West African participants.
To qualify for this stage, Nigeria managed to beat Zambia by 5 goals to 4 on penalty kicks after a goalless draw at the end of the extra-time.
Egypt defeated Cameroon by 3 goals to 1 through a controversial free-kick that should not have been a goal.
Earlier, Ghana had dashed the hope of the host nation by a lone goal while Algeria proved the analysts wrong by beating the tournament's favorite - Ivory Coast by 3-2 in a classic game
The semi-final matches will be played on Thursday at 17. 00 and 20.30 CET respectively and to be shown on Eurosport.
Ghana v Nigeria; Algeria v Egypt