Africa Cup of Nations 2013 TV Schedule: How to Catch Each Semifinal Match

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Africa Cup of Nations 2013 TV Schedule: How to Catch Each Semifinal Match
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There are just three competitive matches left in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, and both semifinal contests will be played out today. 

Mali will take on Nigeria in the first game, with Burkina Faso and Ghana facing off later in the day to determine the other finalist.

Sixteen teams traveled to South Africa for a shot at glory, but after today, only two squads will still have their dreams intact.

Here is everything you need to know to catch all the action.

 

Mali vs. Nigeria

Where: Mbombela Stadium, South Africa

When: Wednesday, February 6, 9:50 a.m. (10:00 a.m. kickoff) ET

Watch: EuroSport (Live stream only in U.S.) 

Live Stream: ESPN3

  

Mali Player to Watch: Seydou Keita 

Keita is in his first season playing in China after spending four years with Barcelona. The veteran midfielder has seen football’s biggest stages, and his experience will be vital for Mali.

With his composure and discipline at the heart of the formation, it would be no surprise to see Mali win this tournament.

But Nigeria will be brimming with confidence after upsetting the Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals, and Keita will need to deliver a first-rate performance in order to lead his team to the finals.

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Nigeria Player to Watch: Emmanuel Emenike

The Saprtak Moscow striker may not have been tapped as one of the stars of tournament leading up to the competition, but he has been a massive part of Nigeria’s success.

He had one of the Super Eagles’ two goals against the Ivory Coast. It was his third goal of the tournament, which has him tied for highest mark of any player.

If his form in front of the net continues, Nigeria will be extremely tough to beat.

 

Burkina Faso vs. Ghana

Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium, South Africa 

When: Wednesday, February 6, 1:20 p.m. (1:30 a.m. kickoff) ET

Watch: EuroSport (Live stream only in U.S.)

Live Stream: ESPN3 

  

Burkina Faso Player to Watch: Alain Traore

Talent has never been a problem for Traore, but his youth has led to inconsistently at times in his career. But that has not been apparent in this competition, and he has scored three times for Burkina Faso.

His attacking prowess has pushed his country this far, but it will likely need another goal in order to reach the finals.

With a fine performance from its young star, Burkina Faso will put up an extremely strong fight.

 

 

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Ghana Player to Watch: Asamoah Gyan

Gyan has just one goal in the tournament thus far, and it is time for him to add to his total.

Ghana’s best striker will have his country’s hopes on his shoulders in this match. The Black Stars will be expected to win this match and go through to the finals.

In order for that to happen, Gyan must keep pressure on Burkina Faso’s back line. If he is able to make an impact, Ghana will have an excellent shot to get a victory. 

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