AFCON 2023: Battle Royale as 4 teams set for Semi-finals

Winner of semi-final 1 vs Winner semi-final 2 (Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, 9pm)

AFCON 2023, Battle Royale. 4 teams set for Semi-finals
Afcon 2023, battle royale. 4 teams set for semi-finalsThe 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition has entered the semi-final stage with four teams set for what analysts believe will be a battle royale as teams lock horns fiercely for slots in the grand final.
On Saturday,  hosts Cote d’Ivoire came from a goal down to throw out Mali while South Africa eliminated the stubborn Cape Verde 5-3 on penalties.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria became the first country to book a spot in the semi-finals with a composed 1-0 victory over the hard fighting Angolans,  while DR Congo came from behind to beat Guinea 3-1.
Nigeria, who are now the highest ranked team in the tournament, will lock horns with perennial foe, Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake by 6pm (Nigerian time).
It will be hosts Cote d’Ivoire against DR Congo at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan in the second semi-final fixture by 9pm (Nigerian time).
Semifinal 1: Nigeria vs South Africa

In an impressive march to the AFCON 2024 semifinals, Nigeria showcased their might by overcoming Angola, thanks to a brilliant goal from Ademola Lookman. Demonstrating a defensive solidity that’s been unbreached for four consecutive matches, Nigeria’s defense stood tall as a testament to their formidable resolve and tactical discipline.

On the other side, South Africa, under the leadership of captain Rowen Williams, displayed remarkable resilience. Williams’ crucial penalty saves against Cape Verde were instrumental in propelling South Africa into the semifinals, setting the stage for a thrilling encounter with Nigeria.

Semifinal 2: DR Congo vs Ivory Coast

The quarterfinal clash between DR Congo and Guinea was a spectacle of resilience and strategy, reminiscent of a high-stakes drama. DR Congo’s remarkable comeback was sparked by Chancel Mbemba, with Yoane Wissa’s precise penalty and Arthur Masuaku’s stunning free-kick turning the tide in their favor. This victory, a memorable chapter in AFCON lore, showcased DR Congo’s fighting spirit and tactical nous.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, secured their semifinal berth with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Mali, a match that epitomized the essence of African football with its intense competition and display of skill and determination. Leveraging their status as hosts, Ivory Coast pushed the match into extra time, where they scored the winning goal, underscoring their ambition and resilience. This set up a tantalizing semifinal matchup with DR Congo, promising fans another chapter of unforgettable football drama

Semi-finals,Wednesday (Feb. 7)

1: Nigeria vs South Africa (Stade de la Paix, Bouake, 6pm)

2: Cote d’Ivoire vs DR Congo (Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, 9pm)

Third place play-off, Saturday (Feb. 10)

Loser semi-final 1 vs Loser semi-final 2 (Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan, 9pm)

Final, Sunday (Feb. 11)

Winner of semi-final 1 vs Winner semi-final 2 (Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, 9pm)