African soccer [football]: African Cup of Nations 2012 Highlights

African soccer[football] latest news from the African Cup of Nations 2012. The most exciting stages begin. Below are highlights from the quarterfinal, semi-final and final matches.

The African Cup of Nations came to a conclusion with Zambia being crowned winners after upsetting Ivory Coast. Mali beat Ghana to finish in third place. Below are the highlights.

Zambia vs Ivory Coast - FINAL - PENALTIES

PART 1 OF PENALTIES

PART 2 OF PENALTIES

Ghana vs Mali - Third place game

SEMI-FINALS

Ivory Coast continue their great form as they beat Mali comfortably. They are clear favorites after winning all games and not conceding a goal. Gervinho's winner was breathtaking, a nutmeg, darting run and a clinical finish. Watch the amazing goal below.

Ivory Coast vs Mali

Surprise package Zambia reaches the final after beating Ghana, setting up a final with Ivory Coast.

Semi-finals: Ghana vs Zambia

QUARTERFINALS

Quarterfinals: Gabon vs Mali

This game went all the way to penalties. I am not a big fun of penalty kicks but Mali came up victorious. Watch the nail-biting penalties below.

Quarterfinals Ghana vs Tunisia

This game went all the way to extra time, and Andre Ayew took advantage of a gift. Ayew is a real star and was voted one of the best young players in the 2010 World Cup.

So Ghana faces Zambia in the semi-final. Ivory Coast faces Mali. Will Ghana win it all? They have had a good streak in recent tournaments.

Quarterfinals: Zambia vs Sudan

Zambia won comfortably and Katongo has been the star man for them in the tournament.

1-0 Sunzu

2-0 Katongo

3-0 Chamanga

Quarterfinals: Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast

Drogba shows his class. Will this be their year. Ivory Coast advance to the semi-finals.

Equatorial Guinea was a surprise package in the quarterfinals after beating Senegal in the group stages to advance. The host nation has performed admirably.