AFCON 2023: Senegal versus Ivory Coast highlight thrilling Round of 16 – and other key fixtures to watch


The group stage of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 came to a thrilling close on Wednesday night, delivering a captivating blend of surprises, goals, records, and passionate fan presence. As the dust settles, the knockout stage emerges with some highly anticipated clashes that promise to keep football enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.

In a marquee match, defending champions Senegal will square off against the tournament hosts, Cote d’Ivoire. Despite suffering a shock 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea in their final group game, the Elephants advanced to face the formidable challenge of an in-form Senegalese side that has yet to drop any points.

Another heavyweight encounter awaits as Nigeria and Cameroon, both enduring uneven group stages, lock horns in a clash between continental powerhouses. Meanwhile, group-topping Morocco, yet to concede a goal, looks to maintain their fine form against South Africa.

Surprising Group A winners, Equatorial Guinea, aim to continue their underdog story against Guinea, while Namibia faces a stern challenge from two-time quarterfinalists Angola in their first-ever knockout stage appearance.

Despite a lackluster group stage, Egypt’s status as the most successful TotalEnergies CAF AFCON nation makes them formidable opponents for DR Congo, adding intrigue to their upcoming clash.

The lineup of exciting fixtures includes Mali against Burkina Faso, and Cape Verde taking on Mauritania, promising a Round of 16 filled with pulsating action and drama as heavy favorites collide with plucky underdogs.

Key Fixtures to Watch:

Nigeria vs. Cameroon – Saturday, 27 January Nigeria and Cameroon, despite a shaky start, secured their spots in the Round of 16. Nigeria eyes the chance to end a decade-long trophy drought in the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON. Rigobert Song faces pressure to improve Cameroon’s performance after a challenging group stage. The match is set for Saturday at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

Cape Verde vs. Mauritania – Monday, 29 January Cape Verde, after a stunning run in the group stage, faces Mauritania, surpassing expectations by reaching the knockout stage. Amir Abdou leads Mauritania in a historic encounter against Cape Verde at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Monday.

Equatorial Guinea vs. Guinea – Sunday, 28 January Equatorial Guinea, shockingly topping their group, clashes with inconsistent Guinea. The Syli Nationals, led by top scorer Emilio Nsue, aim to overcome the underdogs. The match is scheduled at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium on Sunday.

Angola vs. Namibia – Saturday, 27 January Historic qualifiers Namibia face two-time quarterfinalists Angola in a bid to extend their fairy-tale run. Angola, topping their group, seeks further success based on their competition history. The Stade de la paix in Bouake hosts this exciting clash on 27 January.

Mali vs. Burkina Faso – Sunday, 29 January Burkina Faso looks to rebound after a disappointing group stage against Mali, who went unbeaten. The Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Kohorgo sets the stage for this encounter on 29 January.

Egypt vs. D.R Congo – Friday, 28 January Despite an underwhelming group stage, Egypt’s pedigree as the competition’s most successful nation poses a threat to DR Congo. The Laurent Pokou Stadium hosts this clash on 28 January.

Senegal vs. Côte d’Ivoire – Sunday, 29 January Hosts Côte d’Ivoire, surviving a 4-0 defeat on the final day, faces a daunting task against defending champions Senegal. Senegal boasts a perfect record in the tournament, making this fixture a tough one for the hosts at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium on 29 January.

Morocco vs. South Africa – Monday, 30 January Semifinalists in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Morocco aims for TotalEnergies CAF AFCON success against South Africa. The attacking duo of Percy Tau and Themba Zwane poses challenges for the Moroccans at the Laurent Pokou Stadium on 30 January.

As Africa braces for the intensity of sudden-death matches, football enthusiasts can anticipate a Round of 16 filled with thrilling moments and unpredictable outcomes in the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

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