• Angola and Tunisia reach CHAN Final

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Feb 23, 2011-

The Palancas Negras of Angola and Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles booked their place at the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Sudan after winning their semifinal matches on Tuesday on penalties.

Angola beat hosts Sudan 4-2 on penalties in Omdurman.

The Angolans came from behind to hold the Desert Hawks one-all in normal time before making their triumphant and historic entry into the final via penalties.

It was the second time the Palancas Negras had won via through penalties after easing past tournament favourites Cameroon at the quarters.

The game was watched by a record crowd including CAF President Issa Hayatou, FIFA President John Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini.

There were no clear cut attempts at goal till the closing dying minutes of half time, when Angola goalie Lama parried away Mudathir Eltaib goal-bound shot to corner. The resultant corner kick taken by Sudan captain Haitham Mostafa was headed in by Ali Saifeldin for the opener.

The second half resumed with the same tempo.In the 71st minute, the Palancas Negras efforts yielded dividends when substitute Arsenio Cabungula drew parity with a glancing header from a Carvalho Osorio free-kick to silence the home crowd.

Tunisia reached the final after beating rivals Algeria Fennes 5-3 on penalties on Tuesday in Khartoum. 

Substitute goalkeeper Jeridi Rami emerged the hero for his side by saving the penultimate kick of the Fennecs and cruised unto victory after midfielder Korbi Khaled scored the final kick after the game ended one all during normal time.

The game started on a low with both teams labouring in search of their rhythm in the opening minutes. However, Tunisia scored the opener through Gasdaoui Slama on 18 minutes, who tucked in an in-swinger from Dhaouiadi Zouhaier from against the run of play.

The Fennes resumed strongly and it was only of matter of time that the equalizer would come. Petit midfielder Abdelmoumene Djabou leveled with a spectacular long drive that caught Tunisia goalie Aymen Mathlouti off guard in the 62nd minute.



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