As the Africa Cup of Nations heat intensifies, two tantalizing matchups are set to unfold on Monday. Let’s delve into the predictions for these high-stakes clashes.
Cape Verde vs. Mauritania (Monday, 5.00pm)
Cape Verde is on a mission to emulate its best AFCON performance as they gear up to face Mauritania in a Round of 16 clash at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium.
The Blue Sharks defied expectations by topping Group B, overcoming powerhouse teams like Egypt and Ghana.
On the other side, the Lions of Chinguetti made history by progressing to this stage for the first time, stunning 2019 champions Algeria.
- Prediction: Cape Verde 2-0 Mauritania
Mauritania, under Abdou’s guidance, faces a tough challenge against Cape Verde’s formidable attacking unit.
The Blue Sharks are poised to secure their maiden knockout victory, displaying superior strength against the Lions of Chinguetti.
Senegal vs. Ivory Coast (Monday, 8.00pm)
In the marquee matchup of the day, Senegal defends its AFCON title against Ivory Coast at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium.
The winner of this heavyweight clash advances to the quarter-final, setting the stage for a potential showdown with Mali or Burkina Faso.
- Prediction: Senegal 2-0 Ivory Coast
While the hosts may have had a stroke of luck reaching the last 16, their journey faces a stern test against Senegal.
The defending champions showcased brilliance in the group stages, emerging as a class above most teams in the competition. Expect another dominant display as Senegal aims to march confidently toward retaining their crown.
Football enthusiasts, brace yourselves for a Monday filled with AFCON drama!