22:00GMT 29th Jan 2017
Stade de Port Gentil
The fourth and final quarter-final of AFCON 2017 could be a feisty and tempestuous affair as two North African sides do battle: Egypt and Morocco.
What we do know from their historic battles is that the Moroccans tend to get the upper hand. In 26 prior meetings, the Egyptians have won just twice; the last of which came way back in 1986!
It would only be fair to say that Morocco have enjoyed a better time of things in this year’s African Cup of Nations too. Okay, so an opening Group C loss to DR Congo was less than ideal, but they have bounced back well with victories over Togo (3-1) and reigning champions Ivory Coast (1-0).
Egypt, meanwhile, may have topped Group D with seven points but there are stories within the story here. They were held to a goalless draw by Mali, needed an 89th minute to get past Uganda and managed to win 1-0 against a Ghana side shoe presence in the last eight was already confirmed.
With five of their six combined matches witnessing fewer than three goals, can we expect a low-scoring Morocco victory here? am backing Egypt to win this.
PREDICTION: Egypt win 1-0
Burkina Faso and Tunisia locks horn for the first quarter-final clash of the on-going African championship in Gabon.
Burkina Faso gathered 5 points in their 3 games in the group stage, as they top the group ahead of Cameroon, Gabon, and tournament debutant Guinea Bissau. The stallions are making their 3rd quarter final appearance in 11 Africa Cup of nation appearance; haven attain same feat in 1998 & 2013 Africa cup of nation championship in Burkina Faso, and South Africa respectively.
Tunisia gathered 6 points in their 3 games in the group stage, as they finished 2nd ahead of Algeria and Zimbabwe. The Cartage eagles got their 5th quarter final ticket since they won and hosted the competition in 2004; and have also failed to surpass same stage in their last 6 Africa cup of nation appearance.
Both teams will meeting in a competitive for the 3rd time in 9 years. Burkina Faso and Tunisia clashed during the preliminary qualification phase of 2010 world cup that went down in South Africa; the stallion won 2-1 over two legs.
In addition, both sides met at the quarter final phase of 1998 Africa cup of nation hosted by Burkina Faso; the stallion won through a penalty shootout. Finally, the cartage eagles of Tunisia have failed to defeat Burkina Faso in any competitive game.
PREDICTION: A Draw 1-1
Sunday 29th, January 2017.
Venue: Stade de Franceville, Franceville.
High flying Senegal locks horn with much disciplined Cameroon in Africa Cup of nations last 8.
Senegal topped group B with 7 points, scoring 6 goals, and conceding 2 in their first 3 games of the competition. However, the Terenga lions will be making their 9th Africa cup of nation quarter final appearance in 14 appearance in the competition. In addition, Senegal is recently ranked 1st in Africa and are in the best form to nick their first AFCON tittle.
Cameroon finished second in Group A with 5 points, scoring 3 goals, and conceding 2 in their 3 group stage games. The indomitable lions of Cameroon will be making their 6the quarter-final appearance since their 2 consecutive AFCON laurel in 2000 & 2002. In addtion, Cameroon is recently ranked 12th in Africa, and they enjoy great AFCON memory in clashes with Senegal.
Both sides share some great memory together in the history of Africa Cup Of Nation. Senegal and Cameroon met in the final of the 2002 edition that took place in Mali; a clash that was decided by Penalty and won by the Indomitable lions of Cameroon.
Besides, Senegal and Cameroon met at the Quarter finals stage of the 1992 edition hosted by the Terenga Lions. Senegal narrowly lost to Cameroon on that occasion and were denied a place ion semi-final on their home turf.
PREDICTION: Senegal Win 2-1
29th JAN 2017
The Leopards topped Group C in impressive fashion and consigned a much-fancied Ivory Coast side to an early exit.
Ghana, meanwhile, secured second place in Group D, despite defeat to Egypt in their third game.
Both sides will believe they can progress to the last four but there is little room for error as we enter the knock-out rounds.
PREDICTION: Ghana win 1-0