2023 African Cup of Nations (2024)

Discussion in 'CAF: Tournaments' started by EPJr, Sep 13, 2023.

  1. pogoss

    pogoss Member

    Wydad Casablanca
    Morocco
    Jan 15, 2017
    Japan
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Morocco
    Regragui was too stubborn sticking to the same 4141 he used in the WC where we were in the challenger's position. He was also too stubborn with the men to use :
    Ennesyri is useless when you are the one having the possession, I thought El Kaabi proved he deserves to start after a decent play against Zambia and was suprised to see Ennesyri start again.
    Mazraoui never did a good game in the LB position and even though he's back from injury he was prefered to Atiatallah who did well in the last game.
    Amallah doesn't deserve to start he brings nothing the transmission
    Hakimi missed the last PK he shot, why let him shoot again ?
     
  2. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    Wow.

    An afcon quarterfinals without

    Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana,

    Who was it who said "Afcon is tougher than the world cup"

    Well Morocco did better at the past WC, than their last TEN Afcons.

    I said it before Morocco is very poor at finishing chances. They need ten very good chances to score once, and it came to haunt them.

    I actually now think the odds of a first time winner have shot WAY up, even though I'm inclined to believe we will have a CIV v Nigeria rematch.
     
  3. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    Anyways anybody who said African football has not improved clearly doesn't know what they are talking about.
     
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  4. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    It's worth noting about South Africa.

    7 players from their starting lineup belong to the same club Mamelodi Sundowns, who were semi finalists at the most recent CAF Champions league.

    It's literally almost an entire club team !!

    Similar to the Egyptian team that won 3 straight afcons and AL Ahly.

    South Africa is a very weird team that plays very well against Africa's top dogs, yet are very mediocre when it comes to playing the weaker sides.

    They've now beaten Morocco TWICE.

    An away friendly draw against CIV a few months ago.

    They've beaten Ghana in 2022 WCQ

    They beat Egypt in the knockouts of 2019 afcon, when Egypt was the host.

    They beat Senegal in the 2018 WCQ

    They beat Nigeria in front of their fans 2-0 in 2019 afcon qualifying.

    I am not happy they are in our 2026 WCQ group.
     
  5. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    For the quarter finals

    All 8 quarter finalists are different from the 8 in 2021

    All top 5 FIFA ranked teams out

    All 5 teams who made Qatar out

    Last 3 afcon champions out
     
  6. Felix Herve Caroll

    Jun 1, 2015
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    Ivory Coast
  7. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member+

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    Predictions

    Nigeria 2-0 Angola
    DR Congo 0-0 Guinea - Guinea win 1-0 in extratime
     
  8. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    Looks about right, but I dont want to jinx Nigeria.
     
  9. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    Nigeria 1 Angola 0

    Another pragmatic win. We are keeping a very compatible shape. Nigeria has not really before played like this.
     
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  10. Iran fan

    Iran fan Member

    Barcelona
    Iran
    Mar 30, 2022
    Its funny. Nigeria Went in to the tournament in bad form and started with a draw against Eq. Guinea. But somehow they managed to find the form and now looks like the favorite of the tournament
     
  11. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    The draw against E Guinea was actually the match we created the most chances. We should have won that game by 2 or 3 goals.

    Since then we've played more compact and conservative. Winning matches by playing mistake free football. Not the most exciting, but professionally getting the job done.
     
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  12. Iran fan

    Iran fan Member

    Barcelona
    Iran
    Mar 30, 2022
    Such a shame with Mali and Cap Verde. They have maybe ben the two Best teams at the tournament. And now there isnt a possibility for a debutant to win the tournament.

    Mali was much better than Ivory Coast. They were unlucky
     
  13. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    A weird match

    CIV were very poor, perhaps even worse than the game they lost 4-0. But Mali failed to take advantage of being a man up for more than half the match. Then CIV looked better in extra time when they made some subs.
     
  14. Felix Herve Caroll

    Jun 1, 2015
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    Ivory Coast
  15. pipinogol

    pipinogol Member+

    May 20, 2016
    Club:
    Cary RailHawks U23
    There is like sub-zero chance the final won't be NGR v CIV.
     
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  16. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    I'm inclined to believe that as well, but afcons have a way of disposing of the bigger teams like no other international tournament frankly.

    I hear Argentina is playing both those teams in March.
     
  17. pipinogol

    pipinogol Member+

    May 20, 2016
    Club:
    Cary RailHawks U23
    Yeah I know, really funny how the chinese organization could have possibly aced the two afcon finalists. Nice games.
     
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  18. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member+

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    My take is that it's likely going to be a Nigeria-Ivory Coast final but I give DR Congo a somewhat decent chance to be party poopers.

    Nigeria will IMO make the final for sre. The other semi-final is tougher to call.
     
  19. EPJr

    EPJr Member+

    Los Angeles FC
    United States
    Mar 21, 2009
    Richmond VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  20. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Nat'l Team:
    Iran
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  21. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    Nigeria vs CIV final.

    The match I wanted.

    After CIV qualified for the knockout rounds by a hair, this was the final I predicted. I knew they could beat Senegal, and once they got past them only they could stop themselves.

    From the outset I predicted CIV to win.
     
  22. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member+

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    Prediction

    South Africa 0-1 DR Congo

    DR Congo will claim bronze for the third time in their history after 1998 and 2015.
     
  23. Felix Herve Caroll

    Jun 1, 2015
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    Ivory Coast
  24. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    Halftime

    Nigeria 1 CIV 0

    CIV the better team but Nigeria have the lead from a corner.
     
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  25. vancity eagle

    vancity eagle Member+

    Apr 6, 2006
    Final

    CIV 2 Nigeria 1

    Like I predicted CIV wins the tournament, although nobody could have predicted the manner which they won almost Eliminated from the first round.

    What a Rollercoaster of emotions for CIV.

    Today Nigeria did not deserve to win. We were far too conservative, as we have been all tournament. CIV played their game and it paid off, even after going down a goal against the run of play, they came back.

    Congrats to them. Worthy African champs.
     
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