The tournament that started on 9th January 2022 has managed to stir up the excitement of fans all over the continent. The Africa Cup of Nations has had group stage matches and the round of sixteen to be left with eight teams that will play each other to secure a spot in the semifinal. In all honesty, the results of the round of 16 have been pretty upsetting for experts and fans. However, you can be sure that all eyes will be glued to the television sets this weekend as the remaining eight countries play to earn their spot in the next stage. The spoils go to the winner, and that is exactly what we are expecting to see on 29th and 3oth January 2022.
Round of 16 at AFCON 2021
The round of 16 had unexpected results for many fans but The Super Eagles getting knocked out of the competition was truly the biggest surprise. Nigeria was knocked out after losing by a single goal against Tunisia. While there was also good news for Egyptian fans as The Pharaohs managed to squeeze through to the quarter-finals after winning on penalties 5-4 against Ivory Coast. Mohamed Salah took the last crucial kick and managed to seal their spot into the quarter-finals. Out of the eight matches, three concluded on penalties while four of the teams won with just a single goal difference.
How do the quarter-finals work at AFCON 2021?
The quarter-finals are awaited by fans all over the continent and world. Scheduled to take place on the weekend, each team is prepared to give their all to win the title this year. Altogether there are eight teams that will be playing a total of four matches to advance to the semifinals. The matches are formatted as single match knockout, which will mean that the winner of the match will advance. As all the matches are knockout, there must be a winner. In the case of a draw after 90 minutes of play, the match will head into two fifteen-minutes halves as extra time. If the teams still manage to stay level after the extra time, the match will conclude with a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
Quarter Final fixtures for the tournament
Altogether there will be four matches in the quarter-finals. The matches will be played between 2 days. Each day will have two matches. As you read on, you will find the schedule with timings. Note that the timings are all in Eastern time.
Saturday, 29th January 2022
- Quarter Final 1 – Gambia vs. Cameroon – 11 a.m.
- Quarter Final 2 – Burkina Faso vs. Tunisia – 2 p.m.
Sunday, 30th January 2022
- Quarter Final 3 – Egypt vs. Morocco – 11 a.m.
- Quarter Final 4 – Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea – 2 p.m.
The quarter-finals have raised the hopes for all fans as everyone expects their teams to win.
Anticipation for the Final
Everyone wants their team to win the quarter-finals so that they are one step closer to the final that will be taking place on Sunday, 6th February 2022. The entire world is excited, and there is absolutely nothing that will distract the teams from winning the title. Eight more days to go, and we will have the new champions of African football.