Wednesday, February 7
•Nigeria Vs South Africa – 8pm
•Ivory Coast Vs DR Congo – 11pm
The semifinals are here, after what has proved to be the best and most dramatic Africa Cup of Nations ever in the tournament’s rich history.
All eyes will be on hosts Ivory Coast who has had a rather intriguing run to this stage as they take on Sebastien Desabre’s DR Congo.
But first, South Africa who have already punched above their weight, will tussle it out with 2013 winners Nigeria who are sweating over the fitness of reigning African player of the year Victor Osimhen.
StarTimes has confirmed that they will broadcast all semi-final and final matches live, in both English and Luganda format channels across their platforms.
Sanyuka Prime will televise the matches in Luganda commentary and analysis while Sports premium will purely broadcast the English version.
Sanyuka Prime is available in the lower bouquet i.e. Copa and Special bouquet for customers using antenna and satellite decoder respectively whereas Sports Premium channel is available on the Classic and Smart bouquets.
“Our unique offering is; affordably supplying our customers with premium entertainment. AFCON is the most valuable sporting event on the African continent and across the globe, and as StarTimes, we are proud to air all the matches live at only UGX 16,000 Copa Bouquet monthly subscription” says Isma Lule, Marketing Director StarTimes Uganda.
Ivory Coast Eye Final – The Story So Far:
Ivory Coast embarked on their Africa Cup of Nations journey with promise, highlighted by a convincing win against Guinea-Bissau. However, they encountered adversity in their clash against Nigeria, suffering a narrow defeat.
The team’s resilience was tested further in their encounter with Equatorial Guinea, resulting in a harsh 4-0 loss that nearly jeopardized their tournament hopes.
Amidst uncertainty, they relied on the outcome of the final group stage match between Morocco and Zambia to secure a spot in the round of 16, ultimately advancing as the best third-placed team.
The team underwent a significant change with the reshuffling of the coaching staff, signaling a new direction under Emerse Faé’s leadership following Jean-Louis Gasset’s dismissal.
Despite the upheaval, Ivory Coast demonstrated unwavering determination in the knockout stage, particularly in their showdown against title holders Senegal. Trailing early, they mounted a comeback, forcing extra time and ultimately triumphing in a thrilling penalty shootout.
The quarter-final clash against Mali was a rollercoaster of emotions for the Ivorian side. Facing adversity with a red card and trailing at halftime, they rallied together, equalizing in the dying moments of regulation time. In a heart-stopping finish to extra time, Oumar Diakité emerged as the hero, securing victory and igniting nationwide celebrations.
Throughout the tournament, Ivory Coast captivated fans with their grit and determination, overcoming obstacles on their path to success.