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AFCON 2021: Who are the teams that have qualified for the round of 16

AFCON 2021: Who are the teams that have qualified for the round of 16

The Africa Cup of Nations has gone into full swing, and so far, it has brought excitement, shock and controversy. The group stage matches end tomorrow, and while some teams have produced brilliant displays that have landed them spots in the round of 16, others wait with bated breath to know their fate.

The top two teams each will qualify from the six groups. Also, four of the best third-placed teams will qualify.

Soccernet gives an update of the teams that have qualified for the next round of the AFCON.

Group A

Group A has already been concluded, and Cameroon have qualified as group leaders with 7 points, while Burkina Faso follow in second place with 4 points.

Cape Verde, who sit in third place, have a very good chance of qualifying for the next round because they have 4 points, although they would hope that the results in the other groups favour them.

Group B

This group has also been concluded. Senegal, on 5 points, qualify as group leaders. Guinea have also sealed their spot as they finished second with 4 points.
However, Malawi stand a very good chance of qualifying, as they finished third with 4 points.

Group C

Morocco have qualified for the next round with 7 points, and Gabon finished in second place with 5 points.
Comoros finished in third place after their heroics against Ghana, but the Coelecanths are in a dire situation as they have only 3 points. It would take nothing short of a miracle for Comoros to progress.

Group D

The group is yet to be concluded, but Nigeria will undoubtedly qualify as group leaders even if they lose to Guinea-Bissau in their final fixture. Egypt follow closely in second, and a draw against Sudan would guarantee them the second spot.

However, if Sudan best Egypt, that would guarantee them the second spot, and Egypt would be third with 3 points.

Group E

The group is still very open. Ivory Coast currently sit top with 4 points, Equatorial Guinea with 3 points are second, Sierra Leone are third with 2 points, and Algeria are rock bottom with 1 point.

However, that could change rapidly, as a victory for Algeria against Ivory Coast would guarantee them a spot in the round of 16. At the same time, Ivory Coast would be placed in second or third depending on the result of Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Also, the winner in the game between Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone would be guaranteed a spot in the next round.

Nonetheless, anything short of a win for Algeria means they are out. And a draw for Equatorial Guinea would leave them in third place at worst.

Group F

This group is also not concluded yet. Gambia and Mali sit first and second with 4 points each, Tunisia with 3 points sit third, while Mauritania have 0 points.

A win for Tunisia against Gambia would guarantee them a place in the round of 16, and if Mali beat Mauritania, they would top the group with 7 points, leaving Gambia in third position.

However, if both games end in draws, Gambia and Mali would progress, while Tunisia would hope to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams with 4 points.

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