Niger beat Ghana to set a semi-final date with host Algeria

Niger beat Ghana to set a semi-final date with host Algeria

Niger continues to make headlines in the ongoing TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) as they [rogressed to the Semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history.

After eliminating Cameroon, Niger proved yet again they are a force to be reckoned with after defeating the Black Stars of Ghana 2-0 to reach the semis of the African Nations Championship.

An own goal from Konadu Yiadom with a stunner from Soumana Hainikoye Boubacar helped the Menas to the decisive victory at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in the Algerian city.

This means Niger have reached the semi-final for the first time in their fourth participation. Their previous best record was a quarter-final appearance in 2011.

On Tuesday, at the Stade Olympique d’Oran, Niger will welcome the tournament hosts Algeria in the semis – whilst high-flying Madagascar shall face Senegal in the other semi-final pairing at the Stade de Nelson Mandela.

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Sierra Leone International Sullay Kaikai was handed his debut in their 2-0 defeat to Exeter City in front of the MK Dons fans at their Stadium MK on Saturday.

Kaikai, 27, who played ten games at the same level for Wycombe Wanderers before joining Dons, was named for his first start under manager Mark Jackson.

The visitors scored from the penalty spot by Jevani Brown (Exeter City), who converted with a left-footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Don’s new acquisition Sullay Kaikai came close to scoring with a right-footed shot from outside the box is close, but missed to the right, assisted by Mohamed Eisa.

Jevani Brown completed his brace with another left-footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner as they held on to win way from home.

The defeat means they remain just above the relegation zone on goal difference after one win in their last five games.

Kaikai started his career as a 15-year-old with Palace and spent nine years with the Eagles between 2010 and 2019, where he played 11 first-team matches, scoring once, had joined the club until the end of the season. 

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In the second quarter-final, Senegal midfielder Lamine Camara was perfect from 12 yards to guide his side to a 1-0 victory over neighbours Mauritania in a highly contested TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-final tie in Annaba on Friday.

The 19-year-old was precise as he guided his penalty past Mauritanian goalkeeper Namori Diaw in fine fashion in the 34th minute after defender Beibou pulled Moussa Ndiaye in the box as both sets of players waited for a corner kick.

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Chiquinho Conde, 57, who was appointed a year ago, guided the Mambas to their first-ever CHAN quarter-final in a senior CAF competition after finishing second in a tough group A ahead of Libya and Ethiopia.

“This is our second CHAN tournament. Our first was in 2014 in South Africa, where we finished with zero points. We are here in Algeria now and have made history by making it into the quarter-finals with four points.

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“Tomorrow is an important match for us to win, but it will not be easy. They’re favourites because they have a much better scoring record than us and are quite offensive. We have been working hard on different variations to respond to the game, so we will come prepared and do our best to make the people of Mozambique proud.” said Conde.

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