After sorting the boys from the men at the on-going Afcon 2013 in South Africa, the stage is now set for the rest four teams namely Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana to vie for the two top spots in the finals of the African tournament come the 10th of February in an all open game today as Nigeria and Mali will be locking horns as the first semi-final game of the day to determine the first qualifier for the finals.
Looking at these four teams, Nigeria has made a surprise run to the semi-final, despite the lack of big-game experience possessed by most of their defenders, both for club and country.
The Super Eagles players have been exceptionally brilliant especially the duo of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses both plying their trades for Chelsea, sealing the mouths of pundits as the Super Eagles warded off pressure from their back line.
Ghana is the biggest remaining side with the largest stable of talent and best recent results in international play, but there’s considerable talent on all four remaining teams, and none should be counted out.
In the late game, Ghana faces off against Burkina Faso, who is finally reaching their potential. They’ve failed to turn their players’ athleticism and extensive Ligue 1 experience into good showings at the Africa Cup of Nations until this edition of the tournament, where they have been arguably the most consistent of the four remaining teams.