Ivory Coast advanced to the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) semi-finals after thrashing...
Ivory Coast advanced to the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) semi-finals after thrashing Cameroon 3-0 on Saturday evening. The CHAN quarter-final encounter was played at the Stade Huye in Butare, Rwanda. The Elephants of Ivory Coast dominated the opening stages of the game as they managed to keep the Indomitable Lions defence very busy.
Ivory Coast striker Frank Djedje Guiza fired the first shot on target just four minutes into the game, but Cameroon goalkeeper Patrick Hugo Nyame made a good save. At the other end, Indomitable Lions shot-stopper Ali Badra Sangare was forced to make a save from Yao Serge N'Guessan's well-taken free-kick in the 17th minute
The Indomitable Lions had a chance to take the lead again five minutes after the restart. However, Moumi placed his effort from a free-kick over the goal-posts. With three minutes left on the clock, Moumi was presented with a great opportunity to grab the winning goal. However, he fired wide of the target. The match ended 0-0 and the two teams headed for extra-time at the Huye Stadium.
The Elephants dominated the entire extra-time period and they scored three times. Koffi Davy Mahinde opened the scoring in the 94th minute with a good finish much to the delight of the Ivorian fans. Then the Elephants doubled their lead in the 99th minute when Hemann Djobo finished with aplomb with the keeper well-beaten. Serge N'Guessan sealed Ivory Coast's 3-0 victory with a beautiful a goal in the 111th minute.
The Ivorians will face the winner between Tunisia and Mali in the semifinal.
In the other quarter final clash, an extra-time goal from Padou Bompunga booked the Democratic Republic of Congo's place in the semifinals with a 2-1 win over 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosts Rwanda at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Saturday.
The burly defender found the back of the net in the 23rd minute of extra-time to break Amavubi hearts.
Florent Ibenge's men started the game like a house on fire and took a deserved lead on 11 minutes through an absolute rocket by Doxa Gikanji. The ball fell favourably for the Leopards midfielder, who hit an unstoppable shot past the Rwanda goalkeeper who was left rooted to his spot.
The Amavubi's best chance of the half fell to Innocent Habyarimana in the 37th minute. DRC defenders failed to clear their lines, but were bailed out by Ley Matampi, who made a spectacular save to send the Leopards into the tunnel with a 1-0 lead.
Whatever Johnathan McKinstry said at the break worked wonders and reaped its reward just short of the hour. Ernest Sugira produced a top class finish after being put through on goal by Jean-Claude Iranzi for his third goal of the tournament, sending the home crowd into delirium.
Sugira came close to winning it for the hosts in regulation time, but failed to hit the target after doing so well to lose his marker - his chip shot sailing inches over the crossbar.
With penalties looming and Rwanda tiring, the Leopards surged forward and found the winner through Bompunga. The DRC number four sending Rwanda packing, heading in from close range in the 113th minute.
The Leopards will face either Zambia or Guinea for a place in the final.