Nigeria blow away a hapless Mali side 4-1 yesterday to book a place in the final. Nigeria bouyed by their win over Ivory Coast proved to be too much for Mali to handle and had the tie pretty wrapped up by half time.
Nigeria look a different side after their indifferent start to the tournament and they will take on another surprising finalist Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso overcome Ghana and the referee to win 3-2 on penalties. Ghana took the lead through a first half penalty that was soft to say the least. The player wasnt fouled or pushed but somehow the ref didnt hesitate to point to the spot. Astride Bance equalised for Burkina Faso on the hour mark and his team were denied some pretty legitimate penalty shouts. Their influencial winger Pitroipa was also controversially sent off for a dive that wasnt a dive at all. I really dont know what was eating this referee! However the best team won out on penalties in the end.