Sunday, May 26, 2024

AFCON 2023: Semi-finalists set for fierce battle

Nigeria are now the highest-ranked team in the tournament.

• February 4, 2024
Super Eagles, Bafana Bafana, Cote d’Ivoire and DR Congo
Super Eagles, Bafana Bafana, Cote d’Ivoire and DR Congo [Photo: CAF online]

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition has entered the semi-final stage with four teams set for what analysts believe will be a fierce battle for slots in the final.

On Saturday, hosts Cote d’Ivoire came from a goal down to throw out Mali, while South Africa eliminated the stubborn Cape Verde 5-3 on penalties.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria became the first country to book a spot in the semi-finals with a composed 1-0 victory over the hard-fighting Angolans, while DR Congo came from behind to beat Guinea 3-1.

Nigeria, who are now the highest-ranked team in the tournament, will lock horns with perennial foe Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake, by 6 p.m. (Nigerian time).

It will be hosts’ Cote d’Ivoire against DR Congo at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, in the second semi-final fixture by 9 p.m. (Nigerian time).

Semi-finals, Wednesday (Feb. 7): Nigeria vs South Africa (Stade de la Paix, Bouake, 6 p.m.; Cote d’Ivoire vs DR Congo (Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, 9 p.m.)

The third place play-off will be played on Saturday (Feb. 10) between the loser of semi-final 1 and the loser of semi-final 2 at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan, by 9 p.m.

The final will be played on Sunday (Feb. 11) between the winner of semi-final 1 and the winner of semi-final 2 at Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, by 9 p.m.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Papua New Guinea’s landslide


UN estimates death toll in Papua New Guinea’s landslide to be 670 fatalities

Serhan Aktoprak, the chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration’s office in Papua New Guinea, said over 250 houses were abandoned.

Sean Baker at Cannes festival


Sean Baker’s “Anora” clinches Palme d’Or at Cannes festival

He is the first American director to win the Palme since Terrence Malick’s 2012 victory with “The Tree of Life.” 

Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC)


Tinubu’s credit scheme to protect Nigerians from unregistered loan firms: FCCPC

Mr Abdullahi said the scheme will reduce the rate at which Nigerians patronise unregistered loan applications.

Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC)


Electricity issues topped customers’ complaints to FCCPC last year

Mr Adullahi said that the MacArthur foundation granted funds to intervene in the electricity sector.


Ex-EFCC chairman, Lamorde, dies, corpse to arrive Nigeria from Egypt Monday

He passed away in an Egyptian hospital while undergoing kidney stone surgery.



CBN bans bureau de change operators from street trading of forex

“Street trading of foreign currencies is not allowed.’’