AFCON 2019 Round of 16 – MOR v BEN & UGA v SEN


AFCON resumes today in the land of the pyramids with the first fixtures of the round of 16.

Morocco are not underestimating upcoming opponents Benin after the Squirrels managed to frustrate Ghana and Cameroon in the group stage.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco are one of three countries that qualified with a perfect record from their group. They won all their games and did so without conceding.

The team rode on a one-goal record in beating Ivory Coast and South Africa after struggling to beat Namibia in the first game. In the end it took an own goal to secure full points against the Namibian side.


Benin, on the other hand, made the knockout stage as one of four third best placed teams. They competed in a group that had Ghana, champions Cameroon and Guinea Bissau.

They drew all their three games. Two-all against Ghana and goalless draw against Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau but three points was enough to get them through due to favourable goal record.

The battle lines are drawn, Morocco are favourites to not just win the tie but to go on and win their second trophy but only time will tell.

Players to Watch

Morocco – Hakim Ziyech


Yet to really hit the heights expected of him, Ziyech will surely be eager to step up against Benin after his coach urged him to do better. Everyone knows just how good he is, though the Africa Cup of Nations is yet to see that this year.

Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Dirar, Benatia, Saiss, Hakimi
Boussoufa, Ahmadi
Ziyech, Belhanda, Amrabat

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Benin  – Mama Seibou

Mama Seibou

Against Cameroon, Seibou was effective from a combative perspective in midfield, making a team-high three tackles, two interceptions and he also gained possession five times. Benin will need similar doggedness off the ball again against Morocco.

Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)

Bazare, Adenon, Verdon, Kiki
Pote, Mama, Sessegnon, Soukou

Match Odds*


Morocco have found it hard to break down organised Namibia and South Africa teams, while Benin proved against Ghana and Cameroon that they’re capable of holding the continental giants to stalemates.

Michael Dussuyer has a point to prove against Herve Renard after his Ivorian side were dumped out by the Frenchman at the last Nations Cup, but it doesn’t look like it will be Benin’s match.

Senegal’s Idrissa Gueye is not worried about Uganda pulling off an upset as the Cranes get set for their first Africa Cup of Nations knockout tie since 1978.

The Cranes finished second to tournament hosts Egypt in Group A to set up a last-16 showdown with 2002 runners-up Senegal in Cairo.

After picking up their first win in the continental competition since 1978 with a 2-0 triumph against the Democratic Republic of Congo, Desabre’s men then played out a 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe and went down 2-0 to Egypt.

But four points proved enough to progress and Desabre has set his sights on an upset in Friday’s clash, with the winners taking on either Morocco or Benin in the quarter-finals.

Players to Watch

Uganda – Farouk Miya

Farouk Miya

Uganda have failed to score in exactly half of their past six matches at the Africa Cup of Nations. But when they do find the back of the net, Miya tends to be at the heart of it – the former Standard Liege ace has been involved in three of his side’s last four goals in the competition.

Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Mugabi, Juuko, Wasswa, Walusimbi
Azira, Aucho
Abdu, Miya, Okwi

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Senegal – Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly

Senegal kept out both Tanzania and Kenya in the group stage to make it six clean sheets in their last eight matches, with Napoli defender Koulibaly proving to be a formidable force at the back.

Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Gassama. Koulibaly, Kouyate, Ciss
Gueye, Ndiaye
Mane, Salvet, Sarr

Match Odds*


Uganda started well against the Democratic Republic of Congo and were unfortunate not to have taken the lead against Egypt in their final group game, and they still lack a certain cutting edge up front.

If they can refine that attacking unit, then they can cause problems, particularly for a Senegal team without injured goalkeeper Eduard Mendy and with Salif Sane doubtful.

*Odds are subject to change. Play Responsibly. 


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