AFCON 2023: Hosts Cote d’Ivoire lead stellar lineup ahead of intense quarterfinals


As the dust settles on a breathtaking Round of 16 at the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023, anticipation builds for the quarterfinals, promising more excitement and heart-stopping moments.

The tournament, now in its 34th edition, has been a rollercoaster of emotions, highlighted by the extraordinary comeback staged by hosts Cote d’Ivoire in one of the most memorable matches in the competition’s history.

With unexpected twists and turns, the passionate supporters across the five host cities in Cote d’Ivoire have added to the spectacle.

South Africa secured the last spot in the quarterfinals after a dramatic clash that saw them eliminate FIFA World Cup semi-finalists, Morocco. Now, the stage is set for the top eight teams to battle for supremacy.

The quarterfinals kick off on Friday, with three-time champions Nigeria facing Angola at 17:00 GMT.

Later in the evening, the Democratic Republic of Congo, hungry for their third TotalEnergies CAF AFCON title, will confront a resilient Guinea at 20:00 GMT.

Saturday, promises more thrilling matchups as hosts Cote d’Ivoire, riding high on confidence, clash with formidable Mali at 17:00 GMT. The night concludes with Cape Verde, one of the tournament’s sensations, taking on South Africa at 20:00 GMT.

Football enthusiasts can expect fireworks as these powerhouse teams battle for a coveted spot in the semifinals, with each fixture promising skill, determination, and the unpredictable nature that has defined this extraordinary edition of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

The stage is set for a footballing spectacle, and fans around the continent eagerly await the drama that the quarterfinals are sure to deliver.

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