Quarter-final shocks on the cards

Edwin  - CEO February 2, 2024
Updated 2024/02/02 at 1:23 PM
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Credit Cafonline Nigeria v Cameroon AFCON 2023
Credit Cafonline Nigeria v Cameroon AFCON 2023

As TotalEnergies CAF AFCON heads into a pivotal stage


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The TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals kick off this weekend, with the potential for more upsets as underdogs aim to topple tournament favorites as the matches are played on Friday and Saturday.
Former champions Nigeria, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, and South Africa are seen as the teams to beat.
However, in a tournament marked by upsets, where seven of the top 10-ranked teams have already been eliminated, the ‘favorites’ label may be more of a challenge than an advantage.
But this unpredictable tournament has already seen a host of shocks, and more could come as the unfancied sides seek to make history against more considerable opposition.
As the quarter-finals unfold, the unpredictability of this Afcon continues to captivate, with favorites on shaky ground and underdogs ready to script more upsets in the quest for continental glory.
Nigeria v Angola
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been Nigeria’s driving force, showcasing skill and tireless industry. The Super Eagles also boast a sturdy defense marshaled by William Troost-Ekong.
The Nigerian defense, led by Troost-Ekong, has only conceded one goal in four matches, silencing concerns.
Angola is the surprise package, defying expectations by winning three straight games. Their clash with Nigeria promises to be highly competitive.
Date: Friday – 2nd February, 2024
Kick-off time: 17:00
Venue: Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Abidjan)
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DR Congo v Guinea
DR Congo met their pre-tournament goal by reaching the quarters under coach Sebastien Desabre. Now, they can make the semis for the first time since 2015.
With a historical chance to secure their first semifinal spot since 2015, the Congolese face Guinea, whose coach, Kaba Diawara, is a former international defender.
The Guinea boss Diawara has warned not to underestimate his side, who possess a threat in leading Bundesliga striker Serhou Guirassy.
Date: Friday – 2nd February, 2024
Kick-off time: 20:00
Venue: Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara (Abidjan)
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Cote d’Ivoire v Mali
Despite qualifying as the group’s third-placed team, Cote d’Ivoire’s shock win over Senegal has made them their new favorites.
Coach Emerse Fae is keeping his players grounded despite the return to fitness of star forwards Sebastien Haller and Simon Adingra.
Mali is chasing a maiden victory over the Ivorians after five previous AFCON attempts.
Match Date: Saturday – 3rd February, 2024
Kick-off time: 17:00
Venue: Stade de la Paix (Bouaké)
Cape Verde v South Africa
Minnows Cape Verde have exceeded expectations under coach Pedro Brito, beating Ghana and holding Egypt.
South Africa boss Hugo Broos knows not to take the islanders lightly as both chase a semifinal spot.
With more surprises in store, the quarter-finals promise further Afcon drama and upsets.
Date: Saturday – 3rd February, 2024
Kick-off time: 20:00
Venue: Stade Charles Konan Banny (Yamoussoukro)

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