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Top seeds face tough tests as AFCON knockout’s kicks off

The group stage of the TotalEnergies AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023 wrapped up this week, setting the table for what promises to be a riveting round of 16.

Defending champions Senegal, who topped their group without conceding a point, face host nation Cote d’Ivoire in one of the most highly-anticipated matchups so far. Both squads will be leaving it all out on the pitch for a spot in the quarterfinals and a chance to continue their pursuit of the trophy.

A pulsating showdown awaits as Nigerian and Cameroonian football powerhouses lock horns and go toe-to-toe on January 27. With a storied rivalry between them, fans can expect a fiercely contested match brimming with intensity and high stakes.

Morocco, conceding just one goal en route to winning their group, will look to maintain their stingy defense against South Africa. Equatorial Guinea, who shocked many by topping Group A undefeated, now aim to pull off another surprise against Guinea. However, Guinea will be driven to deny their opponents and keep their quarterfinal dreams alive.

Debutants Namibia face a tough task in Angola, quarterfinalists in two of the last three tournaments. Namibia must draw on all their strength and skill to keep their AFCON run going. Despite a less than stunning group stage, Egypt – AFCON’s most decorated nation – still pack plenty of punch against DR Congo. Both sides understand well Egypt’s history here and the peril they present.

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Other mouthwatering last 16 bouts include Mali vs Burkina Faso and Cape Verde vs Mauritania, primed to showcase African football brilliance.

As the knockout stage dawns, the competition promises to elevate the thrill and suspense. Supporters can ready themselves for thrilling battles as teams leave it all on the pitch in pursuit of a coveted quarterfinal berth and ultimate glory.

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