The 2019 AFCON competitions are once again delivering great surprises and upsets, as each team tries its best to remain in the competition. The group stages are already history, and the quarterfinals are already underway after some intense gaming over the last few weeks. There’s no room for draws here, with extra time and penalties making sure that a winner is found at the end of it all.
Here are the top highlights in the African Cup of Nations ahead of the quarterfinals:
- South Africa Boots Hosts, Egypt
Mohamed Salah was left in tears after South Africa booted his team from the AFCON competition despite having the home advantage. The seven-time winners, Egypt showcased a lackluster performance which got them punished with a 1-0 loss against a determined South Africa.
The 1996 AFCON winners, South Africa, took the win to qualify for their second quarter-final match and its set to battle it out against Nigeria on Wednesday. Egypt had a hard time creating any chances, having only two open chances that were squandered by Trezeguet. Additionally, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was kept quit throughout the match.
- Underdogs Benin Kick Out Hopeful Morocco
While most people who bet on football through the Betway sports betting site and other bookies though Morocco would emerge victoriously, the result surprised many. Hopeful Morocco was knocked out of the competition by Benin in a match that took things in the next level. After all, it’s not an AFCON competition until there’s a bizarre incident or two.
The squirrels took a surprise early lead, but a perplexing yellow card decision overturned the tables. This decision came after Benin’s Khaled Adenon forgot to remove his wedding ring before going into the pitch. That goes against the regulations set by FIFA.
The Atlas Lions equalized late in the match, and they missed a penalty that would have made them victorious in the last minutes of regulation time. The match ended with a 1-1 draw, and Benin only had to get four penalties past the line to secure the win.
- Tunisia Sends Ghana Packing
Tunisia will be going against debutant Madagascar in the AFCON quarterfinals following their victory against Ghana in the round of 16. At the end of the match, the score-line remained a 1-1 draw, but Tunisia did not hesitate to put five penalties in the net to take the lead against Ghana who scored four.
These results were yet another shocker in this year’s AFCON competitions. Alain Giresse’s men drew all their group stages games, but they were set for an early victory thanks to a second-half strike from Taha Khenissi. However, substitute Rami Bedoui headed an own goal that equalized the match in the first few minutes of extra time.
Tunisia’s goalkeeper Farouk Mustapha replaced Mouez Hassen before the penalty shoot outs, shielding his team against the lousy efforts of Caleb Ekuban. That allowed Ferjani Sassi to secure the team’s spot in the last-eight clash, playing against the debutant Madagascar in the quarterfinals. The results not only surprised Betway betting fans but also soccer analysts across the continent.