AFCON daily: A round of 16 full of suspense and more shocks
28 January 2022 | 7:43 pm
Eight teams are left standing in the Africa Cup of Nations after a round of 16 full of suspense, surprises and upsets but overshadowed by tragedy and more criticism for CAF. Selina Sykes is joined by Sports Editor Simon Harding and Eurosport journalist Ruben Slagter to discuss all the major talking points of the knockouts so far and what to expect in the quarter-finals.
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Three-time Africa Cup of Nations winner Nigeria and Seven-time champions, Egypt will compete on Tuesday as both sides recognise the value of a strong start in other to lead Group D. Host Dennis Erezi and Guest Analyst Ifeanyi Ibeh preview the match and what to expect.
Tournament favourites Senegal get off to a rocky start, beating Zimbabwe 1-0 thanks to a penalty in injury time. In Group B's other match, Guinea triumph 1-0, with Malawi's squad depleted from Covid-19. Meanwhile, Morocco and Gabon jump to the top of Group C after beating Ghana and first-timers Comoros. Wassim Cornet is joined by sports editors Simon Harding and James Vasina to talk about the highlights of Day 2.
After a long wait, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has finally kicked off in Cameroon after COVID-19 forced the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone the tournament.
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How would you rate the Super Eagles' performance in Tuesday’s AFCON Group D clash against the Pharaohs of Egypt? The Guardian’s Dennis Erezi reached out to Ifeanyi Andrew Ibeh to get his post-game thoughts on the game he had earlier predicted the Super Eagles would get the better of their Egyptian counterparts.
A half-volley by Kelechi Iheanacho sealed a 1-0 win for Nigeria against a lacklustre Egypt. Reigning champions Algeria's campaign to retain their title got off to an underwhelming start as they were held to a goalless draw by a spirited Sierra Leone. FRANCE 24's Selina Sykes is joined by sport editor Simon Harding and James Vasina to discuss all the action.
Nicknamed after an endangered fish, the footballers from Comoros are far from dying out. The Coelacanths have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time thanks to minimalist tactics and team spirit.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria hope to set things further on the right patch when they play against The Falcons of Jediane, the Sudan national football team in the second game of the AFCON 2022 tournament. The Super Eagles edged out the Pharaohs in the first game of the competition while Sudan secured a barren draw against Guinea-Bissau. Host Dennis Erezi and Guest Analyst Ifeanyi Ibeh preview the match and what to expect.
The Atlas Lions join hosts Cameroon in the knockout stages after they beat Comoros 2-0. Meanwhile pre-tournament favourites Senegal play out a disappointing goaless stalemate with Guinea. Selina Sykes is joined by FRANCE 24 Sports Editor Simon Harding and James Vasina.
With a 3-1 victory over Sudan, Nigeria's Super Eagles secure their slot in the knockout stages and gain status as a tournament frontrunner. Favorites Egypt meanwhile gets their first win thanks to star striker Mohamed Salah and after a goal from Guinea-Bissau was disallowed after VAR review. Alison Sargent is joined by France 24's James Vasina and African journalist Usher Komugisha to discuss all the action.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria may further consolidate her position as the country faces Guinea Bissau in the third group stage game of the AFCON 2022 tournament this evening. Nigeria edged out the Pharaohs of Egypt in the first game of the competition and the Falcons of Jediane to secure a top position in the group. Host Dennis Erezi and Guest Analyst Ifeanyi Ibeh preview the match and what to expect.
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