After first irritating his team’s fans with a shocking penalty miss, Chelsea striker, Dider Drogba, scored twice in Cote D Ivoire’s 3-0 victory over co-host Equatorial Guinea.
African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure, scored the Ivorians third goal and the Elephants will now wait for the winner in the match involving the other co-host, Gabon, and Mali.
Saturday’s emphatic victory thus makes it four wins in four matches for the Elephants as they go into next Wednesday’s semi-final fixture billed for Libreville, Gabon.
To reach this stage, the Elephants trampled on Sudan, Angola and Burkina Faso in the group phase.
Zambia sail through
In the other quarterfinal game, it was the same scoreline as the Chipolopolo of Zambia continued their fairy tale run with a 3-0 defeat of Sudan.
Zambia is making a return to the semi-final stage after 16 years of absence and they will face the winner of Sunday’s quarter final game between Ghana and Tunisia.
Before today’s match got underway, both sets of players and officials observed a minute’s silence in a mark of respect for the more than 70 people killed during a football riot in Egypt this week.