ABIJAN, IVORY COAST: As Mali faces hosts Ivory Coast in today’s first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final match, the former’s goalkeeper Djigui Diarra has 58 caps more than any player in the team.
He began his international career in 2015 and has been a mainstay in goal for his national team ever since.
The winner of the Mali versus Ivory Coast duel will meet DR Congo in the semi-finals.
The late kick-off in today’s last-eight game sees Cape Verde hosting South Africa in another unpredictable thriller.
Both sides have had outstanding performances in the group stage and last 16, so it’s time to separate the boys from the men.
The victor of the match will earn a ticket to play against Nigeria in the last four hurdle of the tournament, with the finals set for February 11th.
Nicknamed The Blue Sharks, Cape Verde has never gone past the quarter-final phase of AFCON, so they are keen to break the jinx.
As for South Africa, they last won the AFCON trophy in 1996. Can they seize it this year? Let’s wait and see.