AFCON 2017: ALGERIA OUT, SENEGAL AND TUNISIA PROGRESSES.

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Group B update

It’s quite surprising to see how the mighties are fallen in this tournament. After seeing the departure of the Host nation, Gabon, on Sunday, Monday night wasn’t also shy to display the exit of yet another Giant in the African Football. The reigning African Best player, Riyad Mahrez’ struggle wasn’t good enough to save Algeria from the brink of a disappointing exit. Algeria played another 2-2 draw against the group leaders, Senegal to end the campaign. Tunisia, on the other end, white washed Zimbabwe with a 4-2 defeat making them advance to the quarterfinals following Senegal’s lead.

Algeria came into the encounter seeking not short of victory. Islam Slimani stroked in a brace [10’ and 52’] but wasn’t good enough to take them pass the group stage. Successive response from both Pape Kouli Diop[41’] and Moussa Sow [53’] halted their advances.

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Final results

Senegal           2-2       Algeria

Zimbabwe      2-4       Tunisia

Final standings

Senegal           7points            +4

Tunisia           6points            +1

Algeria            2points            -1

Zimbabwe      1point              -4

Confirmed quarterfinal fixtures.

Senegal           vs         Cameroon

Burkina Faso vs        Tunisia

Group C preview.

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If big names exit isn’t a curse in this tournament, we shall see Defending Champion, Ivory Coast, scale through to the next round. Ivory coast presently sits in 3rd position on the log with 2points (2 draws). The defending champion are also yet see get a victory. Their hope remains in their hands as they prepare to face Morocco [3points] which sits second on the log. Anything lesser than a victory will see them crash out of the tournament. Therefore they must do well to stir themselves out of a disgraceful title defence. DRCongo [4points] stands on top of the table and will face Togo [1point] at the bottom.

Togo will also be counting on a draw from the Morocco- Ivory coast clash if they suceedingly defeat DRcongo with over 3 goals margin. Of course that may be hard to get and it would be easy to say Togo is out of the game. DRCongo needs at least a draw to see them through to the next round. All actions will kickoff simultaneously by 8pm (Nigerian time).

Fixtures

Morocco vs  Ivory Coast

Togo       vs   DRCongo

Standing before tonight’s game.

DRCongo                   4points            +1

Morocco                     3points            +1

Ivory Coast                2points            0

Togo                           1point              -2

 

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