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Ivory Coast and Egypt are set to go head-to-head in a mammoth Africa Cup of Nations last 16 encounter Stade omnisport de Douala in Japoma on Wednesday evening.


Ivory Coast remained unbeaten and made their way to this stage of the tournament by finishing top of Group E with seven points by starting their campaign with a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea followed by a 2-2 draw against Sierra Leone before rounding the group stage off with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Algeria.


Egypt managed to secure their place in the last 16 after finishing second in Group D with six points after they began with a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria before claiming back-to-back 1-0 victories over Guinea-Bissau and Sudan, respectively.

The Elephants are one of the highest-scoring teams in the tournament as they have managed six goals and only conceding three, with their goals coming from five different players including Ibrahim Sangaré, Sébastien Haller, Max Gradel, Franck Kessié, while Nicolas Pépé is their top scorer with two goals.

The Pharaohs have been shy in front of goal and only managed to find the back of the net twice and conceded just one goal with only Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Abdelmonem getting their names on the score sheet for the Egyptians.

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pépé has been the Elephants main source of goal creations after opening his account against Sierra Leone before scoring and assisting in their victory over Alergia in their final group game.

Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy has been putting in impressive performances for the Egyptians after he kept two clean sheets against Guinea-Bissau and Sudan, while the only goal he conceded came in the opening game against Nigeria.  

Patrice Beaumelle only has one player on the sidelines for their crucial clash against the Egyptian as Lazio midfielder Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro remains out of action with the coronavirus, while Carlos Queiroz also only has one player out of content as Al Ahly’s Akram Tawfik sustained a cruciate ligament rupture in their opening game against Nigeria.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Cote d’Ivoire: 
Badra Ali Sangaré, Ghislain Konan, Simon Deli, Odilon Kossounou, Serge Aurier, Franck Kessié, Jean Michaël Seri, Ibrahim Sangaré, Nicolas Pépé, Sébastien Haller, Max Gradel.

Egypt: Mohamed El Shenawy, Omar Kamal, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Elneny, Amr El Solia, Abdallah Said, Mohamed Salah, Omar Marmoush, Mohamed Sherif.

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