Soccer is one of the most socially electrifying sports globally. The Africa Cup of Nations tournament has produced the goods so far – drama, entertainment, moments of greatness, and times of despair.
AFCON has reached its quarter-finals stage, and there are two mouth-watering matches to look forward to on Saturday 29 January as the teams fight it out for a place in the semi-final. The first quarter-final will be between Gambia and Cameroon, followed by Burkina Faso and Tunisia. Here are 10Bet Africa’s match previews for the weekend games and our best prediction.
Gambia vs Cameroon – 6 PM SAST
The first quarter-final match will be a classic David and Goliath meet when AFCON debutants Gambia take on the hosts and five-time champions Cameroon.
The Gambians have been making history in this year’s AFCON – making their first appearance, scoring their first goals, getting their first win, and qualifying for the knockout stages. The team has played inspiring soccer and defied the odds to reach the final eight of the tournament. They scored two wins and a draw before defeating Guinea 1-0 in the last 16. The Gambia is a well-drilled team that does the basics of football effectively. They will have to play at their best when they meet Cameroon on Saturday.
The Indomitable Lions have roared past teams in the tournament so far, scoring the most goals in the group stages. Their captain and striker, Vincent Aboubaker, has been tremendous, leading from the forefront. He’s the tournaments top goalscorer with six goals. His troops will go out on Saturday and want to play for the those who lost their lives and were injured in a stadium stampede.
The match will be tightly contested, but Cameroon is the favourite to win this match to advance to the semi-finals with a win over the Gambia, ending Gambia’s incredible run in the tournament.
Burkina Faso vs Tunisia
These two teams reached the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion, and they deserve credit for pulling through after 16 difficult asthma encounters.
Burkina Faso beat Gabon 7-6 on penalties in the last 16 to progress to the next stage. They held their nerve in the most daunting situation in football, the penalty shoot-out. Their lottery win sees them move to the last four and give hope to many back home.
After Tunisia’s controversial win over Mali at the start of the tournament, the team hand-delivered the biggest upset in the tournament knocking out the favourites, Nigeria, in the last 16. The 1-0 win courtesy of a Youssef Msakni goal sees them go to their match with Burkina Faso with confidence.
Tunisia only won the AFCON once in 2004. Eighteen years later, they have a good chance of adding another one. They will have to overcome a stubborn Burkina Faso team, and there won’t be much between the sides. This should be a low scoring match; however, the quality of the Tunisian side should see them progress with a slender 1-0 win.
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