Ghana topped Group A - despite losing their last match to Nigeria on Monday - and come into this semi as the clear tournament favourites. Maxwell Konadu’s side are the hosts and reigning champions, meaning expectations are high, but their defeat to the Super Eagles may have been just the wake-up call they needed.
“I think the game against Nigeria was a difficult one, but all the same I have to congratulate the boys for what they did even though we lost the game, they played through a lot of difficulties,” said Konadu.
“We have to congratulate Nigeria, they took their chances and played very well. It was a day, nothing really worked for us. We will go back, rest well and recover for Thursday and the semifinal.”
Niger had a roller coaster ride to qualify from Group B, particularly in their last match: they lost 2-1 to Benin on Tuesday night in a game where they held the lead, had two men sent off in the first half, had to put an outfield player in goal and lost the game by conceding in the dying minutes!
Yet despite all that drama, they still qualified for the final four, edging ahead of Senegal on head-to-head results (the Menas beat the Teranga Lions 2-1 last Friday) to join group winners Benin in the semis.
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