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2021 AFCON: Round of 16 Fixtures Announced

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The group stage of the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] has been completed and all the group matches for the knockout stage have been decided.

The tournament closed its first phase and left a new surprise on the last day. Algeria, the defending champions, suffered another disappointing defeat and were knocked out of the competition.

In the third and final matchday of Group E, Côte d’Ivoire and Algeria played out a stellar duel between the two strongest teams in the section, but with different realities.

Goals from Franck Kessié, Ibrahim Sangare and Nicolas Pepé gave the Elephants a 3-1 win and eliminated the defending champions.

In the other group match, Equatorial Guinea, one of the tournament’s surprise packages, picked up their second win of the competition with a narrow victory over Sierra Leone, with Pablo Ganet Comitre scoring the only goal of the game, to also end their run in the event.

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Group F was the other zone that also saw action on the final day. Mali secured a predictable 2-0 win over Mauritania, who bowed out without a point, to qualify in the first place. The Gambia surprisingly defeated Tunisia, but both qualified in second and third places respectively.

All the Round of 16 ties are now set for Sunday through to Wednesday, and the road to the title will begin to be defined.

  • Below are the Round of 16 fixtures:
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Sunday 23 January 2022

  • 17:00 – Burkina Faso v Gabon (Limbe Stadium, Limbe)
  • 20:00 – Nigeria v Tunisia (Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua)

Monday 24 January 2022

  • 17:00 – Guinea v Gambia (Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam)
  • 20:00 – Cameroon v Comoros (Olembe Stadium, Yaounde)

Tuesday 25 January 2022

  • 17:00 – Senegal v Cape Verde (Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam)
  • 20:00 – Morocco v Malawi (Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde)

Wednesday 26 January 2022

  • 17:00 – Cote d’Ivoire v Egypt (Japoma Stadium, Douala)
  • 20:00 – Mali v Equatorial Guinea (Limbe Stadium, Limbe)

 

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Ivorian Football Federation Elects Idriss Yacine Diallo As New President

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Ivorian Football Federation elects Idriss Yacine Diallo as new President

Idriss Yacine Diallo has been elected as the president of the Côte d’Ivoire Football Federation, following a second round of voting in Abidjan on Saturday.

The President of the Ivorian Football Federation polled 63 votes against his challenger Sory Diabaté who polled 61 votes.

Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba didn’t get enough votes in the elections to become new president of Ivorian Football Federation and dropped out in the first round.

The Chelsea legend now has failed failed twice and could not join the list of former footballers like Samuel Eto’o, Denis Obua (Uganda), Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia), Leodgar Tenga (Tanzania), Walter Nyamilandu and Congolese Jean-Michael M’Bono who later become President of their various country’s football governing body.

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Iddris Yacine Diallo will lead the Ivorian Football Federation for the next four years.

 

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

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Nigeria Sacks Coach Augustine Eguavoen After 2022 World Cup Failure

Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has been sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF].

A statement by the NFF on Thursday, March 31, reads: “Following the failure of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the erstwhile Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down from that position with immediate effect.

“The NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years’ contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect.

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“A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.”

The sacked crew included ex-internationals like Emmanuel Amuneke and Joseph Yobo.

Eguavoen took charge of the Super Eagles before AFCON 2021, after former coach, Gernot Rohr, was sacked due to unsatisfactory performances during the first round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The former Super Eagles full-back, Eguavoen, initially stepped down after Nigeria’s Round 16 exit at the AFCON in Cameroon but was rehired to take charge of the final playoff round against Ghana.

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Nigeria were eliminated by virtue of the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 at home in the return leg, with the first leg in Ghana ending goalless.

 

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

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CAF Official Reported Dead Following Stampede At Nigeria-Ghana Game

An official of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly died following the chaos that erupted after the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria Ghana in Abuja on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Dr Joseph Kabungo, a Zambian medical practitioner.

He was CAF’s designated Doping Officer for the game.

Dr Kabungo, according to reports, lost consciousness after he was beaten and stepped on as fans tried to make their way out of the stadium, leading to a stampede.

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British-Nigerian journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana announced this on his Twitter page.

He indicated the cause of death has not been confirmed by the Zambian government and the bereaved family has been duly confirmed.

Ghanaian journalist, Collins Atta Poku, who might have witnessed the unfortunate incident said the deceased was rushed to an ambulance closer to Ghana’s dressing room.

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But all attempts to resuscitate him proved futile.

 

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