African Nations Championship 2014: Predictions and Fixtures for Semi-Finals

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African Nations Championship 2014: Predictions and Fixtures for Semi-Finals
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Nigeria players celebrate a goal at the CHAN 2014 tournament.

Wednesday will see the final four teams in the 2014 African Nations Championship face off in order to see who will earn a place in the final.

Zimbabwe, Libya, Nigeria and Ghana all came through tough quarter-final games to reach this stage and there is a lot at stake with BBC Sport reporting that the winner stands to take home $750,000 in prize money.

Read on for a breakdown of what both games have in store as well as predictions.

Africa Nations Championship 2014: Predictions and Fixtures for Semifinals
Teams Kickoff time Date Venue Prediction
Zimbabwe vs. Libya 5 p.m. GMT Jan. 29 Free State Stadium 2-1
Nigeria vs. Ghana 8:30 p.m. GMT Jan. 29 Free State Stadium 2-0

BBC Sport

 

Zimbabwe vs. Libya

The upset of the quarter-finals came when Zimbabwe beat Mali 2-1, to book a semi-final clash with Libya.

The Warriors continued their unlikely progress through the tournament, which saw them win just once in qualifying from Group B, with their last-eight triumph.

The manner in which they dispatched the previously impressive Mali hints that Zimbabwe are a true dark horse, and they are not to be written off lightly.

But they will face a Libyan side with plenty of fighting spirit, having twice fought back to draw in the group stages, before knocking out Gabon on penalties in the quarter-finals.

 

Prediction: Zimbabwe 2-1 Libya

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Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah has his side drilled defensively.

 

Nigeria vs. Ghana

Ghana will be hoping Nigeria's exertions in the quarter-final against Morocco can work as an advantage in their favour.

Having gone 3-0 down before half-time, the Super Eagles fought back to win 4-3 after extra-time, taking their scoring tally to 11 in the last three games.

The confederation of African Football saluted Nigeria's superhuman effort with this tweet:

Although physically that 120 minutes will leave Stephen Keshi's players drained, the adrenaline of such a comeback victory may spur them on against the Black Stars, who secured their berth in the final four in much less dramatic circumstances.

Ghana edged past DR Congo to win 1-0 thanks to Kwabena Adusei's second-half penalty, the fourth game in a row that they have scored just one goal in the tournament.

However, three clean sheets in four games hints that they will want to keep it tight against a free-scoring Nigeria side that lost their opening game in this tournament to Mali.

 

Prediction: Nigeria 2-0 Ghana

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