After some exciting performances experienced in the group fixtures, the Total CAF African Cup of Nations is set for a break before resuming on Friday 5th July with the round of 16 fixtures.
This year’s tournament saw teams expanded from 16-24 and four best placed teams were able to qualify. The likes of Tunisia and Benin qualified yet they didn’t win any match while the likes of Egypt, Morocco and Algeria all won their three matches.
How do teams lineup and what are their chances of emerging winners? Here is the full analysed round of 16 draw.
5th July- MAURITANIA VS BENIN (6PM)
This will be the opening match of the knockout stages and a winner will have put a record as it’s their first time to reach such a feat.
5th July- UGANDA VS SENEGAL(9PM)
The exciting Uganda Cranes will be seeking to fly over The Lions Of Teranga as the two meet in one of the tough knockout fixtures. Uganda finished second behind Egypt while Senegal also finished second behind Algeria with 6 points.
Remaining the only East African team in the competition, Uganda could help revenge the beatings their neighbours Tanzania and Kenya faced at the hands of Senegal,with 2-0 and 3-0 losses respectively.
6th July- NIGERIA VS CAMEROON (6PM)
Regarded as one of the most exciting fixtures, Nigeria will have to defeat the defending champions Cameroon to keep their hopes alive. A surprising 2-0 defeat over Madagascar saw Nigeria finish second and they face the Lions of Teranga who also finished second behind Ghana in their group on goal difference.
6th July- EGYPT vs SOUTH AFRICA(9PM)
Hosts and favourites Egypt will be seeking to avenge their 2017 final loss to Cameroon and increase their record of having many African titles as they start their knockout campaign against Republic of South Africa.
The Pharaohs won all their group matches while South Africa qualified as best placed 3rd team,having won one match and losing two against Morroco and Ivory Coast.
7th July- MADAGASCAR VS DRC CONGO(6PM)
This fixture will have two of the most surprising qualifying teams. Madagascar finished top of their group unheated including a 2-0 surprise win over Nigeria while DRC Congo overcame their poor start to beat Zimbabwe 4-0 and secure a place in the knockout stages.
7th July- ALGERIA VS GUINEA(9PM)
The young nation from the capital of Conakry will need some surprise to beat Algeria, who have won all their matches.
8th July- MALI VS IVORY COAST(6PM)
The unbeaten record of Mali saw them finish top of their group but they now face a tough challenge against The Elephants who finished second behind Morocco.
8th July- GHANA VS TUNISIA(9PM)
The Black Stars of Ghana needed a goal difference advantage to qualify as the top team despite having level points with Cameroon. They face the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, who surprisingly qualified as number two despite not winning any match.
The games will be played a normal 90 minutes and in case of a draw,they will go for extra time and penalties if necessary to determine the winner.
The Semifinals will be held on 10th and 11th July and the final on 19th July.
The Kick off time placed is in East African Zone(EAT).