AFCON 2022: Matches, schedule, times,

AFCON 2022

Only 16 of the original 24 teams are still standing after the group stage of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, with eight teams flying home.

The top two teams from each group advanced to the knockout phase, while the four best third-placed teams also advanced to round two, completing the field of 16 teams.

African giants Ghana and Algeria were both ousted in the group round, which was a shock. The incumbent champion Algeria failed to retain their title, while Ghana failed to go to the knockout phase for the first time since 2002. Cape Verde, on the other hand, went to the knockout stage for only the second time in its history, following up on a quarterfinal appearance in 2013.

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Tunisia qualified for the round of 16 after finishing as one of the group’s top four losers.

They won their first game 4-0 against Mauritania before losing the next two.

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Jalal Al-Qadri, Tunisia’s assistant coach, addressed journalists during the press conference.

He said Wahbi Khazri, captain of the Carthage Eagles, and eleven others have contracted COVID-19 and will not be available for the game.

The other eleven players are Aissa Laidouni, Dylan Bronn, Ghaylène Chaalali, Ellyes Skhiri, Anis Ben Slimane, Mohamed Romdhane, Ali Maâloul, Ben Hmida, Aymen Dahmen  Yoann Touzgha and Issam Jebali.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha is suspended from the game.

The Carthage Eagles last met the Nigerian side during the third-place game at the 2019 AFCON in Cairo, Egypt.

In its maiden appearance in the AFCON tournament, tiny Comoros also advanced. Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau were the final two teams to make it through as third-place finishers. The third-place finishers were ranked as follows:

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On Monday, the tournament’s debutants face five-time winners Cameroon in Yaounde, but their camp has been plagued by 12 positive Covid cases, including coach Amir Abdou.

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Seven players have been impacted, including Moyadh Ousseini and Ali Ahamada, the two remaining healthy goalkeepers in the squad, with first-choice Salim Ben Boina out due to injury.

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All times Eastern

Round of 16 schedule

Jan. 23
Burkina Faso vs. Gabon, 11 a.m.
Nigeria vs. Tunisia, 2 p.m.

Jan. 24
Guinea vs. Gambia, 11 a.m.
Cameroon vs. Comoros, 2 p.m.

Jan. 25
Senegal vs. Cape Verde, 11 a.m.
Morocco vs. Malawi, 2 p.m.

Jan. 26
Ivory Coast vs. Egypt, 11 a.m.
Equatorial Guinea vs. Mali, 2p.m.

Other knockout stage dates

Quarterfinals: Jan. 29-30
Semifinals: Feb. 3-4
Third-place match: Feb. 6
Final: Feb. 6

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