Mangaung, January 29,2014-Libya beat Zimbabwe 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out to reach the African Nations Championship final after the sides ended goalless after extra-time at the Free State Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Libyan goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush Abduala was the star with two saves during the penalties and scoring the deciding final penalty which takes them close to the winners’ trophy and $750,000 cash prize.
Zimbabwe who stopped Mali in the quarterfinal dominated the most of the 120 minutes of normal play that ended goalless. Simba Sithole, Ali Sadiki and Kudakwashe Mahachi missed scoring opportunities for the Warriors of Zimbabwe.
Sithole scored in the 77th minute, but goal was cancelled for offside during the build-up. Muataz Mahde Abdelraman Fetori also came close to scoring for Libya.
During the penalty kicks that decided who qualifies for the final, Libya’s Elmutasem Abushanaf, Mohamed Ghanudi, Abdelrahman fetori, Mohamed Elgadi and Mohamed Nashnush Abdula scored, while Ali Salama, Motasem Sabbou and Mohamed Abrahim Mahfud missed.
Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova kept his team in the shoot-out after stopping two successive penalties, but his teammates Ali Sadiki, Milton Ncube and Peter Moyo failed to convert their chances. Eric Chipeta, Dannu Phiri, Hardlife Zvirekwi and Patson Jaure converted for the Warriors who will now have to wait for the play-off game.