Ghana's players celebrate Mubarak Wakaso's second goal against Cape Verde during their African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2013) quarter-final soccer match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, February 2, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Ghana and Burkina Faso face off in the second semi-finals match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ghana is the current favorite to take home the top prize and has added pressure to perform on Wednesday. The squad played through the group stage with relative ease and racked up two wins and one draw; the team also scored six goals in the initial round. In the quarter-finals tilt with Cape Verde, Ghana exerted its potency in a 2-0 win that included a brace from Wakaso Mubarak (54', 90'+5').
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Their opponents on Wednesday will be a surprising Burkina Faso squad. Burkina won Group A on the strength of one win and two draws and then faced off against Togo in the quarter-finals. The match was arguably the most exciting of the quarter-finals round with neither team able to score through 90 minutes. Finally, Jonathan Pitroipa scored in the 105th minute to give Burkina Faso the victory; the goal was Pitroipa's second of the tournament.
Predictions: Few expected Burkina Faso to be in the tournament at these stages, but their will and determination has put them in an enviable position. Ghana is now the favorite to win the championship, but also has the most pressure to succeed. Look for Ghana to step up to the challenge and win this one 1-0.
Start Time: 1:30 PM EST