AFCON takes two day break ahead of last 16 matches

Written By: Buckley Fedha/BBC
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RB Leipzig player Amadou Haidara scored his first goal for Mali in Ismailia

The Africa Cup of Nation’s tournament in Egypt takes a two day break ahead of the last 16 matches set to kick off this Friday with two games on card.

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Morocco who finished top of group D will kick-start the last 16 stage against Benin who qualified as one of the four third placed teams in the event.

Morocco are favourite for the game having won all their three group matches and face Benin who have not lost a single group ‘F’ match.

Uganda, who finished second behind Egypt in group ‘A’, will take on Senegal who also finished second in group ‘C’.

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Other last 16 matches to be played over the weekend pit Nigeria against Cameroon, hosts Egypt against South Africa, Madagascar verses DRC, Algeria against Guinea, Mali face Ivory Coast while Ghana play Tunisia.

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Meanwhile,Mali advanced to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations as Group E winners after beating Angola 1-0 in Ismailia.

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Amadou Haidara scored the game’s only goal, finding the net with a fierce drive from outside the area.

Mohamed Magassouba’s side will face Group D runners-up Ivory Coast in the last 16 on Monday.

Angola, who finish third in Group E, miss out on a place in the knockout stages.

Mali made eight changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Tunisia on Friday and they rode their luck early on, Gelson shooting straight at goalkeeper Djigui Diarra before Mateus dragged another effort wide of the near post.

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A draw would have been enough for Angola to advance, but they fell behind when Haidara fired an unstoppable shot past Tony Cabaca eight minutes before half-time.

Second-half substitute Moussa Marega missed the chance to double Mali’s lead late on, blazing over the crossbar from an acute angle.

Tunisia join Mali in the last 16 after drawing 0-0 with Mauritania in Suez.

KBC Channel One and KBC radio stations will continue to broadcast all the matches live.   

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