CHAN semi-finals:  Can Niger upset hosts Algeria too?

A place in the grand finale of this year’s African Nations Championship is up for grabs today when Algeria and Niger go head-to-head.

Algeria saw off the threat of Ivory Coast in the previous round of matches, while Niger made light work of Ghana in their last-eight encounter.

Algeria showed great resolve to come out on top in a feisty clash against the Elephants of Ivory Coast which ended 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Friday evening.

In a game which saw a player on either side sent off, Aymen Mahious, kept his nerve from 12 yards late in the game to get the job done for Madjid Bougherra’s men in Baraki.

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Consequently, the Fennec Fox­es have now each of their last four outings without conceding a single goal, highlighting their solidity at both ends of the pitch.

Next up is the challenge of an opposing outfit with just one vic­tory in the previous eight clashes across all competition, losing the other seven.

Having already surpassed their best-ever CHAN finish, Algeria will certainly now fancy

 themselves to go all the way in the current edition with their fans cheering them on.

Niger eased past the Black Stars of Ghana courtesy of a well-deserved 2-0 victory in Satur­day’s meeting between the teams at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium.

Imarana Seyni’s 11th-minute opener set Harouna Doula’s men on their way, after which Soumana Hainikoye put the tie to bed in the early knockings of the second half.

Since kicking off their African Nations Championship campaign with a goalless stalemate against Congo, the Dama Gazelle have got themselves back on track with wins in their subsequent two matches.

Currently on a run of three straight clean sheets for the first time in over two years, Niger will

 be aiming to keep things tight at the back as they target yet anoth­er feather in the cap. —cafonline

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