Hannibal's Tunisia knocked out at AFCON

Sunday 30 January 2022 09:45

The involvement of Manchester United players in the Africa Cup of Nations ended on Saturday evening when Hannibal's Tunisia side were eliminated at the quarter-final stage.

The Reds midfielder was an unused substitute as the Eagles of Carthage lost 1-0 to Burkina Faso at Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon.

Dango Ouattara scored the only goal in first-half injury time and although the 19-year-old was sent off eight minutes from the end, his team held on to reach the semi-finals.

Burkina Faso will now face the winner of Sunday’s match between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea as they look to win the competition for the first time in their history. The Stallions have now reached three of the past five semi-finals at AFCON events.

Hannibal has been away with Tunisia twice in recent months, at the FIFA Arab Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

Tunisia began their AFCON campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Mali made famous by officiating controversy. A victory against Mauritania ensured their progress into the knockout rounds where they achieved a shock win over Nigeria thanks to Youssef Msakni’s goal.

Incredibly, four of Tunisia’s five games at the tournament involved red cards, two for the Carthage Eagles and two for their opposition.

They head home trophyless now, though, having faced disappointment in the recent FIFA Arab Cup, too, where they were beaten finalists.


Hannibal will soon return to United, where interim manager Ralf Rangnick has spoken highly of his talents and his prospects of first-team chances going forward.

The teenager's exit from the competition comes after Eric Bailly was knocked out with Ivory Coast during the week, when they lost on penalties to Egypt in the Round of 16.

Although United’s involvement at AFCON is over, there is still plenty to look out for over the next weeks. First up, the semi-finals will be confirmed when Egypt face Morocco on Sunday afternoon (15:00 GMT) and Senegal take on Equatorial Guinea later the same day (19:00 GMT, live on BBC Two in the UK).

The winners of Egypt v Morocco will meet Cameroon, while the victors between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea will face Burkina Faso.