Monday, 25 January 2010

Nations Cup: S/finals Debut

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

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