Senegal v Nigeria
Mali v Madagascar
Cameroon v Ivory Coast
Angola v Mozambique
Rwanda v S. Africa
Tunisia v Mauritius
FIVE defeats in a row sums up Rwanda’s forgettable run in the group stage. But what hurts most is how the team managed to push strong sides (Mali and Ivory Coast) to the edge but plug away against mediocre opposition like Tunisia and Angola.
All in all, the run was totally different from what Vecekav Kavedzija (head coach) expected but that is done. Today, the debutants lock horns with South Africa in what is their first classification game.
From group ratings, South Africa are the weakest team in the tournament but that should not raise our hopes since the team tends to come to life against superior opposition.
The winner of this encounter will contest for the 9th slot with the winner of the other classification tie; Tunisia and Mauritius.
In the quarter-finals, record champions Senegal take on Nigeria, defending champions Mali are up against tournament hosts Madagascar, Angola play Mozambique while Cameroon and Ivory Coast face off in a West African contest.