26 January 2014

Zimbabwe/Mali: CHAN 2014 - Zimbabwe Eliminate Mali and Seal Semi-Final Berth

Photo: CAF
Warriors defender gave Malian defenders a hard time

Surprise at the African Nations Championship 2014. Zimbabwe won without much difficulty before Mali on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the competition (2-1). Warriors qualify for the semis and will know their opponent Sunday.

Yet favorite and author of a perfect first round (first group A), Mali has had all the trouble in the world play against a Zimbabwean team which had registered a single goal in the group stage. But it is the Warriors who quickly found the net in the 12th minute of the game. The hesitation of Samaké benefits Simba Sithole who deceives Diakhité. Zimbabwe maintained their advantage to the break.

Nigeria is also in the semis!

After the break, Mali tries to reply but will again be surprised. Kuda Mahachi eliminated all Eagles defenders before beating the keeper. Powerless, Mali tries everything for everything. Hamidou Sinayoko manages to give hope to the Eagles by reducing the score in the 89th. But nothing will be scored again.

Earlier, in the first quarterfinal, Nigeria and Morocco offered a show. After extra time (4-3), it is the Super Eagles that fly to the semis.

Sunday , Ghana will face DR Congo, while Gabon will defy Libya.

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