By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.Com-Cameroon
The official programing of the four quarterfinal fixtures of the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments are now known.
According to the schedules, debutants, the Scorpions of The Gambia will be battling with host Cameroon in the first quarterfinal fixture.
The Scorpions led by Belgian trainer, Tom Saintfiet will meeting with the five time African champions at the Japoma Stadium in Douala as from 5pm on Saturday January 29, 2021.
The Gambia eliminated 1976 runner up, Guinea Conakry at the Kouekong Omnisport Stadium in Bafoussam in the round of 16 early this week while host Cameroon picked a 2-1 win over a Covid-19 weakened AFCON newcomers, Comoros Islands to reach the last eight.
Stallions battles Eagles in second QF duel
The second quarterfinal of the event will pit 2004 winners, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia against 2013 finalists Burkina Faso at the Garoua Roumde Adjia Stadium with the game also built for January 29.
The Stallions of Burkina Faso eliminated Gabon in the round of 16 with Tunisia pulling a shocker to send three time African champions Nigeria in Garoua to seal a spot in the quarterfinals.
Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in festive QF hosting on Sunday
The last two quarterfinal fixtures will be held at the over 50-year-old Yaounde Ahmadou Stadium on Sunday January 30.
The first game at the facility will pit 1976 holders, Morocco and the winner of the round of 16 duel between two time African champions Ivory Coast and record seven time holders, Egypt with the game scheduled for 5pm.
Morocco dispatched the Flames of Malawi on Tuesday to book a place in the last eight.
The last quarterfinal game will see 2002 and 2019 runners, Senegal testing soccer strength with the winner of the round of 16 game between the Nzalang Nationals of Equatorial Guinea and the Eagles of Mali.
Two quarterfinal games have been programmed at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium after one of the quarterfinal fixtures earlier programmed for the Olembe Stadium was relocated at the Ahmadou Ahidjo structure due to Monday’s unfortunate stampede that left 8 persons death and over 37 persons injured leading to the temporary suspension of the facility.
The winners of the four semifinal fixtures will stage the semifinals of the tournament on February 2nd and 3rd, three days to the final of the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament on Sunday February 6, 2022.
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