The latest on Amrabat and Onana

Monday 22 January 2024 12:06

The final round of group games take place at the Africa Cup of Nations this week, as we discover whether our two representatives will extend their stay in the Ivory Coast.

Sofyan Amrabat's Morocco nudged a step closer to the knockout stages, with a 1-1 draw against DR Congo keeping them top of Group F.

Amrabat has been influential so far and the 3-0 win over Tanzania, in the Atlas Lions' opener, means one of the favourites to lift the trophy are on course to progress.

As they are guaranteed a top-three spot already, they have now sealed qualification on the back of Monday's results, which included a shock 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea for hosts Ivory Coast.

Nonetheless, Morocco will look to finish the job, when meeting Zambia on Wednesday (20:00 GMT).

Amrabat's AFCON continues


Details of Reds midfielder Sofyan's involvement in Morocco's entertaining matchday two meeting with DR Congo.

Cameroon, on the other hand, are facing a real battle to reach the round of 16.

Andre Onana missed their opening fixture, a 1-1 draw with Guinea, but kept goal in Friday night's 3-1 reverse to Senegal.

So it's now do or die for the Indomitable Lions in their final group encounter, against Gambia at the Stade de la Paix, in Bouake.

Senegal are safely through already, while Guinea are assured of a top-three spot.

Rigobert Song's side know a victory would now ensure they are one of the top four third-placed sides, even if they cannot better Guinea's result in Yamoussoukro.

The must-win game, against bottom-of-the-group Gambia takes place at 17:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Best of luck to Sofyan and Andre!

Onana plays as Cameroon are beaten by Senegal


Andre Onana played his first match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

Egypt have lost the services of star forward Mohamed Salah due to injury but hope the Liverpool man can return after treatment in the UK, if they reach the latter stages of the tournament.

With so many surprises so far in the Ivory Coast, nobody will be taking anything for granted ahead of the upcoming matches.