Posh’s Zakuani out of the Africa Cup of Nations

Gaby Zakuani was beaten in the semi-finals.

Gaby Zakuani was beaten in the semi-finals.

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Peterborough United player Gaby Zakuani’s hopes of a place in the Africa Cup of Nations final were dashed last night (February 4)

The Posh defender was in the DR Congo side that lost 3-1 to Ivory Coast in the first semi-final.

Ivory Coast proved too strong for Zakuani’s team and will now meet either Equatorial Guinea or Ghana in their third final in nine years.

Yaya Toure put them ahead with a ferocious 20-yard shot but soon after Dieumerci Mbokani levelled with a penalty after Eric Bailly handled.

Gervinho had a header cleared off the line before he made it 2-1 when he curled in to finish off a breakaway.

The Ivorians made sure of victory when Wilfried Kanon kneed home after Serge Aurier’s header had been saved.