Lovers of African football anticipate the Guinea derby in round of 16 for the first time in the history of the AFCON tournament. Equatorial Guinea will face off with Guinea at Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday.
Equatorial Guinea has been the surprise of the tournament, qualifying from group A as the leader at the expense of giants like Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Their opponent, Guinea made it through as the best loser from group C
About the game
Equatorial Guinea is currently making significant waves at the ongoing AFCON. They’ve surprised football fans globally with their phenomenal display in their group stage fixtures. They held Nigeria to 1-1 draw in their group opener before thrashing Guinea-Bissau with 4-2. The Nzalang Nacional round up their group with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the host, Ivory Coast.
These excellent performances earned them the top spot in group A, scoring 9 goals in three games. Interestingly, the last time they lost a match across all competitions was in June, 2022. Veteran striker, Emilio Nsue is pivotal to the team’s success in this campaign, scoring five goals which is the most by a player in AFCON 2023.
Conversely, Guinea qualified for this round as the best top 3 team from group C. They held Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in their opener, followed by 1-0 victory against the Gambia. Their final game ended in defeat against the reigning champion, Senegal. This defeat ensured Guinea has equal points with Cameroon, who eventually leapfrog them to 2nd position due to having more goals.
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Equatorial Guinea’s confidence and momentum are sky-high, making them a force to be reckoned with in the knockout stages. Guinea’s experience and defensive solidity make them a dangerous opponent as well. Both teams have reasons to believe in their chances.
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