Ivory Coast will have to see off the Pharaohs of Egypt in the round of 16 at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament being played in Cameroon if they want to continue their quest for a third title. The two-time African champions finished at the top of Group E to seal a last 16 clash with the Egyptians who were second behind Nigeria in Group D.
For Egypt, they had to settle for second place behind Nigeria in their group. The seven-time champions have won the AFCON tournament than any other team and they began the 2021 edition with a 1-0 defeat to the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game to give the Nigerians a big win. In the second group game for the Egyptians, star player Mohamed Salah scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau. They then finished their group game with a 1-0 over North African rivals Sudan.
The winner of the round of 16 clash between Ivory Coast and Egypt will face the winner of the round of 16 clash between Morocco and Malawi in the quarterfinals.