African Cup of Nations quarterfinals set

African Cup of Nations quarterfinals set

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African Cup of Nations quarterfinals set


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After winning their respective groups, Ivory Coast and Ghana are on a crash course for a high-profile final at the African Cup of Nations, but there is still work to be done before the top two African nations do battle for the continent's top prize.

The Elephants, one of two sides to secure all nine points during the group stage, might have to go through both host countries to reach the final. Their quarterfinal matchup with Equatorial Guinea will present a challenge, and should they advance, they'd likely meet Gabon — the other nation to win all of its group games. Gabon is led by the tournament's Golden Boot front runner and St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored a goal in each of Gabon's three matches.

As for Ghana, the Black Stars' road to the final is a bit less bumpy and starts with a meeting against Tunisia before a potential semifinal against either Zambia or the surprising Sudan, which made the knockout round for the first time since 1970.

Here are the weekend's ACN quarterfinal matchups:

Saturday – Zambia vs. Sudan; Ivory Coast vs Equatorial Guinea

Sunday – Gabon vs. Mali; Ghana vs. Tunisia

Which teams do you see advancing to the semifinals? Do you think we'll get an Ivory Coast-Ghana final? Which nation do you think has the best chance of springing an upset?

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