Nigeria, Mali try to finally breakthrough to final
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -Too many close calls in the last decade have left Nigeria and Mali with subdued confidence of making the African Cup final from their clash on Wednesday.
Mali is a semifinalist for a second straight tournament, and hoping to advance this time. Nigeria made it to the last four three years ago and also lost.
A two-time champion, Nigeria arrives slightly favored to advance after getting past Ivory Coast's star-filled squad in the quarterfinals. The Super Eagles are led by Chelsea duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel and also count on Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike.
Mali, which eliminated host South Africa in the quarters, is led by former Barcelona playmaker Seydou Keita.