Which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals?

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The 2024 Africa Cup of Nations is shaping up to be the most riveting and competitive AFCON to date, with unforgettable moments that will be etched in football history.

Powerhouses on the continent, including Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, and Egypt, have surprisingly bowed out of the tournament, while Ghana faced a humiliating exit in the group stage.

With many of the favourites out, which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals this time?

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Emilio Nsue's remarkable story stands out—a 34-year-old goal-scorer from Equatorial Guinea leading his team to the Round of 16 with a hat-trick against hosts Ivory Coast.

Namibia, Mauritania, Cape Verde and Angola have also left a lasting impact on fans throughout the competition.

With the quarter-finals done and dusted, we look closer at which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals.

Which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals? – Nigeria

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A narrow 1-0 victory over resilient Angola ensured the three-time African champions a spot in the semi-finals as they pursue their fourth title.

Although Nigeria had a slow start with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea, they have evolved into a more assured and improved side since then.

Their defensive prowess is evident, conceding only one goal thus far, boasting the best defensive record among the semi-finalists.

Road to the semi-finals

Group Stage

  • Nigeria 1-1 Equatorial Guinea
  • Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria
  • Guinea-Bissau 0-1 Nigeria

Round of 16

  • Nigeria 1-0 Cameroon

Quarter-final

Next game – semi-finals

Which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals? – DR Congo

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The Leopards emerged from a challenging group and navigated through the Round of 16 with resilience.

Drawing all their group games, they managed to score only two goals, making their journey to the semis quite intriguing.

Under the guidance of Sebastien Desabre, the team, led by the exceptional Chancel Mbemba in defence and Cedric Bakambu upfront, has proven to be a formidable force.

Road to the semi-finals

Group stage

  • DR Congo 1-1 Zambia
  • Morocco 1-1 DR Congo
  • Tanzania 0-0 DR Congo

Round of 16

  • Egypt 1-1 DR Congo (7-8 on penalties)

Quarter-finals

  • DR Congo 3-1 Guinea

Next game – semi-finals

  • DR Congo vs. Ivory Coast

Which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals? – Ivory Coast

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Ivory Coast have truly experienced a roller coaster of a tournament, with the Elephants evoking a myriad of emotions on their journey to the semi-finals.

Things took a gloomy turn when they suffered a 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea in their last group game. Their fate hung in the balance, relying on Morocco to do them a favour to secure a spot in the Round of 16.

In response to the challenging situation, they made a significant change, parting ways with Jean Louis-Gasset and appointing former international Emerse Fae.

Fae's managerial prowess shone through as he successfully guided the Elephants to the semi-finals, a journey that included eliminating the reigning champions, Senegal, in the Round of 16.

They have done really well to get to this stage when it looked all dead and gone after they got plastered by the Nzalang National.

Road to the semi-finals

Group Stage

Ivory Coast 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

Ivory Coast 0-1 Nigeria

Equatorial Guinea 4-0 Ivory Coast

Round of 16

Senegal 1-1 Ivory Coast (4-5 on penalties after extra time)

Quarter-final

Mali 1-2 Ivory Coast

Next game: Semi-finals

  • DR Congo vs Ivory Coast

Which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals? – South Africa

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Bafana Bafana came into the tournament insisting that this was their year to finally get their hands on the AFCON title since they last won it in 1996 on home soil.

Hugo Broos has a fantastic squad in the Ivory Coast and they have shown that they can do it with some tantalizing football and beautiful goals.

They didn't start well losing 2-0 to Mali in their first game but have continued to grow and impress as the tournament progressed.

A semi-final berth is definitely something that will interest Broos with the title within touching distance.

Road to the semi-final

Group stage

  • Mali 2-0 South Africa
  • South Africa 4-0 Namibia
  • South Africa 0-0 Tunisia

Round of 16

  • Morocco 0-2 South Africa

Quarter-final

  • Cape Verde 0-0 South Africa (1-2 on penalties)

Next game: Semi-finals

Which teams have qualified for AFCON semifinals?
Andrew Randa

Andrew Randa is a seasoned Africa sports journalist, and a former Media Officer for Nigeria's U-20 national team. He is widely acknowledged as an authority on the NPFL and African football, Randa is esteemed for his expertise in football content creation. Furthermore, he holds the distinction of being Nigeria's foremost sports kit designer and a trailblazer in the realm of sports graphics in Nigeria.