We are down to four teams at the AFCON after some interesting Quater-final matches. Consensus favorites after the first round of matches, Senegal were sent packing. Of the four remaining teams, only Burkina Faso have never won it and are probably the only surprising semi-finalist.
Ghana dance celebrations
Interesting parts of the AFCON and African football in general are the interesting goals celebrations. The flips and the dance routines are always interesting to see. The Ghanaians seems to have taken to it at this tournament than any other team. Every goal scored, they call a party and do some choreographed dance routines. While it is interesting to see, maybe the Ghanaians should push their dancing to when they have rounded up matches and not when there is still lots of football to be played. DR Congo got an equalizer after their dance routine and it would have been disappointing to see the Ghanaians crash out after calling a party to celebrate a goal.
Heartbreak for Mane and Senegal
The Senegalese were arguably the best side in the group stage. With what may be considered as the best squad in the tournament, the Teranga Lions were primed for their maiden AFCON crown. Despite dominating their tie against Cameroon, they failed to take their chances and were not lucky enough when it got to the lottery of penalties. A positive for them is that they have lots of young talented players in the team, many of the players can still make it to the next tournament and the team looks promising.
Teams pay for missed chances
In football, it is all about taking your chances. DR Congo, Senegal and Morocco dominated their Quarter-final ties but are on their way home after they failed to take their chances. Dieumerci Mbokani was the major culprit for DRC in the first half of their match against Ghana, missing chance after chances. Ghana grew into the game, got the goals and the Congolese are out. Morocco were also the dominant side in their tie against Egypt but at the end of the day, it was the Egyptians that ended their 30 years wait for a win against the Moroccans. Senegal also suffered the same fate against Cameroon, losing on penalties. Unfortunately for DRC, Senegal and Morocco, they have learnt their lessons the hard way.
Burkina Faso continues their Quarter-final tradition
Burkina Faso maintained their unbeaten record in the AFCON quarter-final by winning against Tunisia. The third time they got to the quarter-final, third time they made it to the semi-final. 1998 when they hosted, 2013 when they lost in the final and 2017 they are in the semi-final again.They are the surprise team of the four left, while the Egyptians are the favorites in their semi-final clash, the Burkinabes have arguably nothing to lose and that may be an advantage for them. Two finals in four years will be a massive achievement for the Stallions.