afcon 2012.jpgThe four remaining teams at Africa’s biggest football competition are set to battle it out in AFCON semi-final action which will see Zambia clashing with Ghana before Mali lock horns with Ivory Coast this Wednesday.

 

 

Zambia will be carrying the hopes of the Southern African region after overcoming Sudan 3-nil in Saturday’s quarterfinal.

Chipolopolo clash with Ghana in their biggest test of the competition.

Zambian coach, Herve Renard told CAF’s online website that Wednesday’s game would be the biggest game of his coaching career and believes a good player base will guide Chipolopolo to victory.

Christopher Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka and Rainford Kalaba are all expected to play an instrumental role in steering the Zambian’s into Sunday’s final.

Ghana who will be brimming with confidence after beating Tunisia in a grueling quarter-final match decided in extra-time, go into Wednesday’s tie as the favourites.

Boasting of players such as Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, Andre Ayew and Sully Munthari, Ghana will be looking to emulate a performance which saw them making an appearance in the 2010 AFCON final.

Wednesday’s other encounter will see West Africans, Ivory Coast and Mali squaring up.

Based on arsenal and recent form, the Elephants who boast of a 100% winning record that has come without conceding a goal are clear favourites.

Gigantic striker Didier Drogba is expected to lead from the front and emulate a performance that saw him grabbing a brace in Ivory Coast’s quarter-final victory over Equatorial Guinea.

Other players to look out for include Yaya Toure, Solomon Kalou, and Didier Zokora.

Despite the Ivorians strength, Mali, who overcame Gabon in  Sunday’s penalty shootout,  will be no push-overs.

The Eagles will be banking on players plying their trade in Europe with Barcelona’s Seydou Keita, Mali’s most valuable player.