Nigeria eyes title after ousting Ivory Coast

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 6:04 AM

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Nigeria has become the team to beat at the African Cup of Nations after reaching the semifinals by stunning Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast 2-1 Sunday.

Just like Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor also won't have a chance to win the tournament for the first time. Togo's remarkable run ended with a 1-0 loss to Burkina Faso in extra time in Nelspruit.

Nigeria looked impressive in defeating the tournament favorites in Rustenburg and moved a step closer in its bid to win its first title in nearly two decades.

The Super Eagles will try to advance to the final for the first time since 2000 when they face Mali on Wednesday in Durban. Burkina Faso reached the semifinals for the first time since 1998, and will play Ghana the same day in Nelspruit.

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