Wafu Cup of Nations: Holders Ghana seek final berth at Ivory Coast's expense
Ghana players at the 2019 Wafu Cup of Nations
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The Black Stars won the competition last time out on home soil, and defeating the tournament’s top scorers will take them closer to successive titles

Ghana do battle with Ivory Coast in the Wafu Cup of Nations Championship semi-final on Tuesday night seeking consecutive final appearances.

The encounter to determine the first participant in this year’s competition in Senegal will be held at the Stade Lat Dior.

The home-based Black Stars won the competition on home soil in 2017, and are a step away from playing in another final, as they aspire to claim yet another title.

Maxwell Konadu’s troops defeated Gambia 1-0 in the first round, before trumping Burkina Faso 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-final after the sides had played out to a 1-1 stalemate following 90 minutes.

A victory over Maxime Gouamene’s Ivory Coast on will amplify their favourites’ tag given his side’s results in the competition.

The home-based Elephants are top scorers at the regional competition, having scored four goals in a 4-1 win over Cape Verde in the first round, while a 4-2 victory over Benin on penalties put them in the final four.

Laurent Magbi and Aboubacar Doumbia will pose the greatest threat to the defending champions' chances of progress having netted two each in their demolition of Cape Verde on September 30.

As such, Ghana’s Gouamene is expecting no easy ride after their difficult run in the competition so far.

"It will be difficult [to lift the trophy in Senegal] even though we won the title two years ago," Konadu said as reported by Footyghana.

"This one [tournament] is more difficult.

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“Football in Africa is growing year after year.

"Our first match we won 1-0, [and the] second match 1-1. It tells you how difficult it is.”

The encounter kick-offs by 20:00 local time..  

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