The African Cup of Nations is the only international tournament in action today, as the Womens World Cup, the Copa and the Gold Cup all approach their closing stages.
Groups C and D will each be concluded. Montreal Impact’s Michael Azira will soon know his next opponent. Simply, if Senegal defeats Kenya or draws, Uganda will face Les Lions de la Téranga in the Round of 16 in yet another date at Cairo International Stadium. Should Kenya unexpectedly prevail it will be they who face The Cranes.
In the other game, Algeria, who have already won the group, are likely to rest several players, but should still be too good for pointless Tanzania, whose chances were extinguished by Michael Olunga’s 80th minute winning goal for Kenya in their last group game.
In Group D, where each of the four games so far have ended 1-0, Morocco will win the group should they avoid defeat against South Africa. Should Bafana Bafana prevail, it will be they, or possibly Cote D’Ivoire, who advances as group winner towards a quarter-final at Al Salam with Guinea.
The situation is very tight, but a big win for The Elephants over Namibia could secure top spot, should Morocco fall to South Africa.
However, I see the Morocco-South Africa match playing out to a draw, and expect Cote D’Ivoire to overcome Namibia by a margin of at least two. This would leave Morocco as group winners and Cote D’Ivoire as runner-up. South Africa would then have to await other results to understand if they proceed to the knock-out stages as one of the best third-placed teams.
Today’s Games & Where to Watch Them (all EST) -
1200 - South Africa v Morocco - African Cup of Nations - BeIN Sports Canada, BeIN SPORTS CONNECT
1200 - Namibia v Cote D’Ivoire - African Cup of Nations - BeIN SPORTS CONNECT
1500 - Kenya v Senegal - African Cup of Nations - BeIN Sports Canada, BeIN SPORTS CONNECT
1500 - Tanzania v Algeria - African Cup of Nations - BeIN SPORTS CONNECT