It was a highly entertaining match-day eight in the ongoing 2019 AFCON with Morocco being the second North African country to make it to the round of 16 whilst Tunisia also drew for the second time with South Africa pipping Namibia in the Southern African derby.
In the first game of the day in Group E, it was a battle of the Eagles as the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia held the free-scoring Eagles of Mali to a 1-1 draw at the Suez Stadium. Diadie Samesekou gave Mali the lead in the 60th minute before Wahbi Khazri pulled even for Tunisia 10 minutes later.
At the 30,000 capacity Al Salam City Stadium in Cairo, Herve Renard continued to be a nightmare for his former side Ivory Coast as he guided Morocco to defeat them for the second time in two years with En Neysri’s 23rd minute strike deciding the crunch Group D clash.
In the last game of the day, Bogdani Zungu’s 68th minute header proved decisive as South Africa beat Namibia to put their dream of a second round berth on track.
Angola will face Mauritania in Saturday’s first match with Ghana sorting it out with Group F leaders Cameroon whilst Benin lock horns with Guinea Bissau in the last game.
By Edmund Okai Gyimah, Daily Mail GH