Get ready for the hot weekend as AFCON 2023 hits the quarter-final stage. We’ve got the lowdown on the top three matches, tailor-made for passionate fans and those seeking some betting tips. Dive into a weekend packed with jaw-dropping football moments, incredible goals, and who knows, maybe some winning bets to spice things up!
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Nigeria – Angola
Angola are aiming to make history by reaching the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time, but they face a formidable challenge against a strong Nigerian team. The underdogs have not advanced beyond the group stage since 2010, and their task is made even more challenging against a Nigeria squad featuring talented players such as Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman, Alex Iwobi, and Samuel Chukwueze. Angola is on a remarkable streak with three consecutive victories over Namibia, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania. However, can they pose a challenge to one of the main favourites of the tournament?
The Super Eagles remain undefeated in the Africa Cup of Nations, securing three victories and a draw, including notable wins against solid opponents like Cameroon and the host nation, Ivory Coast. Impressively, they have maintained a clean sheet in all three wins, with two of them concluding with a 1-0 scoreline. While Angola have shown promise, the quality gap between the two teams is noticeable, and Nigeria’s path to this stage has been more challenging. We expect the Super Eagles to come out on top in the upcoming match.
Mali – Ivory Coast
In the AFCON quarter-finals on Saturday, Ivory Coast and Mali are set to clash in what promises to be an intriguing match between two strong opponents. Following a 4-0 defeat by Equatorial Guinea, the host nation bounced back by eliminating defending champions Senegal in the round of 16. After replacing Jean-Louis Gasset with Emerse Faé as caretaker manager after the group stages, Ivory Coast’s decision seems to have paid off. Les Éléphants demonstrated determination by overcoming a goal deficit against Senegal in very challenging circumstances
Meanwhile, Mali maintain an undefeated record, securing a 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso. They are in strong form, however, Ivory Coast boast a formidable squad and hold the advantage of playing on home turf. The pivotal moment for Ivory Coast could be their turnaround against Senegal, marking a shift from their previous underwhelming tournament performance. Mali haven’t encountered a challenge as tough as Ivory Coast yet and hold an unfavourable recent H2H record against their opponents, so the upcoming clash is likely to be their last performance in the tournament.
Cape Verde – South Africa
In a tournament marked by surprises, South Africa caused one of the biggest upsets by eliminating tournament favourites Morocco in the round of 16. Their momentum could continue with another victory as they face Cape Verde. Bafana Bafana’s triumph over the Atlas Lions wasn’t surprising, considering their strong defensive display that played a pivotal role in Hugo Broos team’s achievements. South Africa conceded only two goals in the tournament – both in their initial match against Mali.
Cape Verde have been strong at the tournament but they have lost no less than four of their last ten matches. The Creoles needed a late goal to overcome Mauritania in the round of 16 and they are likely to have issues to compete with a solid South Africa team.
While this has been a more high-scoring Africa Cup of Nations than usual, the knockout stages have still seen just two of the eight games go over 2.5 goals and with South Africa’s solid defence this encounter seems to be a cagey affair.