Following the conclusion of an explosive round of 16 at AFCON2023, the team selections for the quarter-finals have been confirmed and many are already looking ahead into the semi-finals of the competition, with this in mind, here are two countries that are likely to qualify for the next round of the tournament.
The quarter-finals of AFCON 2023 will commence on Friday, February 2, 2024, with Nigeria taking on Angola and DR Congo taking on Guinea the same day. Here are the two countries in these fixtures that have a higher probability of qualifying for the semi-finals of AFCON 2023.
Nigeria vs Angola quarter-final fixture
The upcoming AFCON 2023 quarter-finals have set the stage for an exciting match-up between two African football giants – Nigeria and Angola. Fans and spectators alike are eagerly awaiting the outcome of this explosive encounter. Both teams are expected to bring their A-game to the field, making it a highly competitive match that could go either way.
Angola and Nigeria have played against each other several times in the past, and Angola has had the upper hand in their last five matches. Even though most of the games have ended in draws, the Palancas Negras have managed to remain unbeaten in their last five matches against Nigeria. In this period, they have secured 1 victory and 4 draws, which is certainly an impressive record.
Both sides are currently flying high at the moment but the quality the Super Eagles of Nigeria possesses gives them an edge before the game.
We predict Nigeria to qualify for the semi-finals of AFCON 2023.
Guinea vs DR Congo prediction
The qualification of Guinea and DR Congo to the quarter-finals of AFCON 2023 was a feat that stunned football fans worldwide looking at the quality of their opponents in the round of 16 of the tournament.
For football analysts however it was not surprising when you factor the current form of both sides at AFCON 2023 so far into consideration. For the two countries that defence line has been a strong point for them so far in the competition as the two countries alongside Nigeria have had the best line of defence at AFCON 2023 according to statistics and data.
When two defensive sides meet the fixture is bound to be one neutrals would be interested in to see if there’s a new approach to their style of play. We are however predicting a draw into extra time and penalty shootout to determine the country progressing to the semi-finals.
With a close observation of how penalties were executed by DR Congo in their round of 16 fixture against Egypt, we are tipping them to be the second country that qualifies for the semifinals of AFCON 2023.