25th Men’s Senior Africa Nations Cup: on the way to the quarter finals
Started on Monday, July 11, 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, the 25th edition of the Men’s Senior African Nations Cup is taking a new direction. The 8 countries qualified for the quarterfinals are known at the end of the group phase full of color with hard-fought matches. A total of 15 matches of great quality and intensity have filled the first 3 days.
Confirmations: Egypt reigns supreme, Tunisia does the job.
Host country of the competition and title holder, Egypt had no trouble to impose itself to its opponents in group A. At the beginning, the Pharaohs made only a mouthful of their Cameroonian opponent by winning 40-17. 48 hours later, they face Lions of the Atlas, resistant but affordable. After a tight 1st period (12-18), the Egyptians finally find the solution and win with more than 10 goals difference; final score 36-21.
Also classified in a group of 3 teams (group C), Tunisia, silver medalist of the last edition of the Senior CAN did not do a bad job during the group phase. Even if the 2nd game against Cape Verde seemed more difficult, the Eagles of Carthage were able to reassure themselves. A victory 30-24 allows them to make the full card after the success against Nigeria 30-18 in the 1st day. It qualifies for the quarterfinals.
While the favorite teams of the competition dictate their supremacy, the Palancas Negras are positively noticed in group D. Classified with Zambia, Senegal and DR Congo, Angola did not have any difficulty to qualify for the quarterfinals. After the first 2 days won against Zambia and Senegal respectively on the scores of 53-24 and 32-25, the training confirms its best current form by winning in the DR Congo.
After a fierce battle, the 2 teams separated with almost equal victory. The Angolan team with only one point difference (32-31). However, the 2 nations are qualified for the next round of the competition.
Senegal leaves with its head held high
Having lost their first 2 matches, the Lions of Terenga had no chance to qualify. The match of the 3rd day against Zambia seemed to be without stake, but the Senegalese team did not want to stop there. It applied even better to get to the end of its opponent Chipolopolos on the score of 47 to 23 with the title of man of the match won by Mari Ndiakha.
Poster of quarter final:
Guinea – Morocco 10H30 GMT
Tunisia – DR Congo 13H00 GMT
Angola – Cape Verde 17H30 GMT
Egypt – Algeria 18H00 GMT