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WAFU Cup semifinal preview: Intensity makes hosts Senegal the favourites

Hosts Senegal face a stern test when they meet Mali in Wednesday's WAFU Cup of Nations semifinal, with Ghana set to square off with the Ivory Coast on Tuesday in the other final-four showdown.

The Teranga Lions have impressed on home soil, taking control early against Guinea-Bissau in their opening fixture, before dispatching Benin in Thursday's quarterfinal.

They attacked vibrantly and fluidly in their first match, and while the Bissau-Guineans threatened a comeback after pulling one back, the...

Ghana's Konadu eyes WAFU Cup gold... and CHAN redemption

To say that Ghana entered the WAFU Cup of Nations at a low ebb would be an understatement, yet the Black Stars are growing into the tournament and are emerging as dark horses for the West African title ahead of Tuesday's semifinal meeting with the Ivory Coast.

That they haven't arrived in Senegal with the swagger and confidence of defending champions is understandable; the Ghana Premier League has been suspended since June 2018, following the dissolution of the Ghana Football Association.

The allegations...

Five players who are shaping the WAFU Cup in Senegal

Ahead of the WAFU Cup of Nations quarterfinals, ESPN Africa's Ed Dove picks out five players who have impressed him during the First Round of the West African championship in Senegal.

Which of this quintet will have the biggest role to play as we approach the business end of the biennial regional showpiece?

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While much of the fallout from Nigeria's 2-1 defeat by Togo in their opener last weekend has focused on the Super Eagles' own failings, the Sparrow Hawks deserve immense credit for...