Yesterday saw the round of 16 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kick off, with two knockout stage games taking place on Sunday. Both showdowns saw a team get a red card, as Gabon were reduced to 10 men in their clash with Burkina Faso, which they eventually lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw, while Alex Iwobi was sent off for Nigeria in their 1-0 defeat to Tunisia, sending the Super Eagles crashing out of the tournament.
The action continues on Monday, with another two matches also set to take place. The first tie is scheduled to go down at 11 a.m. ET, with Guinea taking to the field in an interesting clash with Gambia. After that is the 2 p.m. ET tie, with the mighty Cameroon, led by the tournament's top scorer Vincent Aboubakar, returning to action.
Who will join Burkina Faso and Tunisia in the quarterfinals? What do their squads look like ahead of the round of 16? Here's everything you need to know about today's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations games.
How did Monday's teams make it to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16?
Guinea: Syli National secured qualification after finishing in second in Group B, only one point behind table-toppers Senegal. However, Guinea were close to coming in third, with Malawi just missing out on the runners-up spot due to their inferior head-to-head record. Keita and Co. started things off well, beating Malawi, but ended on a terrible note, losing to bottom-of-the-table Zimbabwe.
Gambia: The Scorpions have been one of the surprise packages, coming narrowly close to winning Group F ahead of Mali. Gambia racked up seven points, the same as Bissouma and Co., but missed out due to an inferior goal difference. The Africa Cup of Nations debutants beat both Mauritania and, more surprisingly, Tunisia and will now be looking to make it to the quarterfinals.
Cameroon: The Indomitable Lions' path to the round of 16 was straight forward. Two wins and a draw from their three group stage fixtures was enough to secure progression. Cameroon finished with seven points, four clear of second-placed Burkina Faso, and will now be aiming to move on to the last eight.
Comoros: Les Coelacantes' progression was extremely fortunate. Comoros lost all but one of their group stage fixtures, with that sole victory coming in the third and final matchday, securing a shocking 3-2 win over continental giants Ghana. That result earned them a spot in the top four best third-placed teams, albeit the worst of those four.
What are the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 games to watch on January 24, 2022?
Guinea vs Gambia: A spot in the quarterfinals is up for grabs in this tie as the 1976 runners-up look to beat this year's debutants. Guinea's last outing, a 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe, was a worrying performance from the Syli National as goals from Musona and Mahachi condemned them to defeat. Gambia, on the other hand, enjoyed a jubilant end to the group stage, beating Tunisia 1-0 thanks to a 93rd-minute winner from Ablie Jallow. The Scorpions, given that this is their first appearance in Africa Cup of Nations history, have no experience in the knockout stage. Will the pressure get to them or can Tom Saintfiet's men keep the momentum going and reach the last eight? Tune in to find out.
Cameroon vs Comoros: The Indomitable Lions are one of the favorites for the tournament, and given that Comoros qualified for the knockout stage by the skin of their teeth, one would expect Cameroon to ease past their opposition en route to the quarterfinals. However, this edition of the Africa Cup of Nations has proven that heavyweight status amounts for nothing. Ghana and defending champions Algeria crashed out in the group stage while many expected Nigeria to beat Tunisia in the round of 16. Cameroon boast the tournament's top scorer, with Vincent Aboubakar's tally of three goals being the best so far. Toni Conceicao's side, being the host nation, will be playing in front of their home fans and should thus enter this tie with all the confidence in the world.
Who's in and who's out?
Here are the players set to miss Monday's games:
Guinea: Naby Keita (suspension)
Gambia: They have a fully-fit squad
Cameroon: They have a fully-fit squad
Comoros: Salim Ben Boina (injured); Kassim Abdallah, Nakibou Aboubakari, Mohamed M'Changama, Alexis Souahy, Moyadh Ousseni, and Yacine Bourhane (all out)
Broadcast listings: Where to watch January 24 2021 Africa Cup of Nations fixtures
Guinea vs Gambia Broadcast Information
Stadium: Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam (Bafoussam)
Canada: fuboTV Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN Sports Canada
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 3, Free
Gambia: Supersport Grandstand ROA, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport Football Plus ROA, SuperSport GOtv Select 2
Germany: sportdigital LIVE, sportdigital, DAZN
Guinea: SuperSport GOtv Select 2, SuperSport Football Plus ROA, DStv Now, SuperSport MaXimo 1, Supersport Grandstand ROA, StarTimes App, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, Startimes World Football
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, Vidio, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Netherlands: ESPN, Watch ESPN
Nigeria: DStv Now, SuperSport PSL, Startimes World Football, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, StarTimes App, SuperSport GOtv Select 2, SuperSport MaXimo 1
United Kingdom: NOW, Sky Go UK, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, SKY GO Extra
United States: beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Fanatiz USA
Cameroon vs Comoros Broadcast Information
Stadium: Stade Omnisport Paul Biya (Yaoundé)
Cameroon: SuperSport GOtv Select 2, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, Supersport Grandstand ROA, StarTimes App, DStv Now, SuperSport Football Plus ROA, SuperSport MaXimo 1
Canada: beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN Sports Canada, fuboTV Canada
Comoros: SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport GOtv Select 2, SuperSport Football Plus ROA, Supersport Grandstand ROA
France: beIN Sports 3, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Free
Germany: DAZN, sportdigital LIVE, sportdigital
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 3 Indonesia
Netherlands: Watch ESPN
Nigeria: SuperSport MaXimo 1, SuperSport PSL, SuperSport GOtv Select 2, Startimes World Football, StarTimes App, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, DStv Now
United Kingdom: Sky Sports Premier League, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web, SKY GO Extra, BBC Red Button, Sky Go UK, NOW
United States: fuboTV, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS