The 8 teams in AFCON 2023 quarter-finals

Eight teams have so far booked their places in the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as of Tuesday, 30 Jan.

Angola was the first to qualify after the Parancas Negras (Black Sable Antelopes) thrashed Namibia. The attacking-sided team will now face the Super Eagles of Nigeria, believed to be one of the favourites of the competition, after beating the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The surprise of the tournament was the Round 16 match between the hosts, Côte d’Ivoire, and the defending champions, Senegal, as the hosts advanced to the last eight, thanks to Frank Kessie’s penalty that kept them in the game to penalty shoot-outs in the Elephant’s favour.

Meanwhile, a late Ryan Mendes penalty sealed the win for Cape Verde, sending them through to the quarter-finals for the second time in their history.

Cape Verde boss Bubista, who was delighted with his side’s performance, said, “we are carving our path; we know there are many bigger teams than us, but we are trying to focus on our game to have the opportunity to face these African powerhouses. Our goal is to work towards having a stronger squad.”

Another blow in this tournament is Guinea’s dramatic winner in the eighth minute of injury time as they beat 10-man Equatorial Guinea 1-0.

The last-16 tie at the Ebimpe Olympic Stadium in Abidjan was heading for extra time when Bayo, of French Ligue 1 side Le Havre, struck right at the death to spark frenzied scenes of celebration among the Guinea team and their large support.

It was a historic moment for the Syli National, who had never previously won a Cup of Nations knockout tie — they were runners-up in 1976, in an era when the final four played a round-robin format to decide the winner of the trophy.

The Pharaohs of Egypt were also victims of one of the upsets of this tournament as DR Congo sent them back home after a penalty shootout. Bafana Bafana of South Africa shocked 10-man Morocco to reach the last eight.

Quarter-Finals fixtures:

The Quarter-Finals will be played between Friday, 02 February 2024 and Saturday, 03 February.

Friday, 02 February

17h00 GMT | Nigeria v Angola  

20h00 GMT | DR Congo v Guinea  

Saturday, 03 February  

17h00 GMT | Mali v Cote d’Ivoire  

20h00 GMT | Cape Verde v South Africa

Source: The Punch

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