2012 African Cup of Nations semi-final latest odds, news and free bets

We are down to the final four teams in the African Cup of Nations, with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini probably unhappy that Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure are likely to remain in Gabon for another week

After all, the Ivory Coast are looking like champions-elect in this tournament, with the Elephants having steam-rollered Equatorial Guinea in the quarter final stage thanks to a brace from Didier Drogba.

The Côte d’Ivoire are a best price 5/6 (Paddy Power – £50 free bets) to go all the way in Libreville and they will face a Mali team who knocked out co-hosts Gabon in the quarter final after the tie went to a penalty shoot-out.

The Eagles will have nothing to lose from attacking the Ivory Coast and can be backed at a massive 8/1 to produce a shock victory in the semi-final and line up a final against either Ghana or Zambia.

Ghana have made hard work of reaching the semi-finals, although there is little doubting the quality within their ranks and the bookmakers are anticipating the Black Stars lining up against the Ivory Coast in the final.

André Ayew was the extra-time winner for the Ghanaians against Tunisia in the quarter final and many will fancy them to once again reach the final, with odds of 10/11 (Bet Victor free bet) about them managing this in ninety minutes.

However, we shouldn’t underestimate a Zambia side that are playing with the memory of that tragic air disaster from 20 years ago where the entire squad were killed and their performances so far have been worthy of winning the tournament.

The Copper Bullets were easy winners against Sudan in the last eight and they also topped Group A after beating Senegal in their opening match, so perhaps they are capable of pulling off a victory over Ghana at odds of 4/1 (Stan James).

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