Action from Senegal vs Zimbabwe in the first game Credit: CAF

Tuesday January 18 fixtures 7pm

  • Senegal vs Malawi – Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam
  • Zimbabwe vs Guinea – Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde

Three nations in Senegal, Guinea and Malawi are up fighting for two top places in Group B of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal lock horns with Malawi with the Lions of Teranga on four points, one better than Malawi Flames after a win and draw against Zimbabwe and Guinea respectively.

A draw could guarantee both teams a slot in the next round but only if already eliminated Zimbabwe shock Guinea’s Syli Nationale in the other group B game.

What they said

Meck Mwase (Coach, Malawi)

“We want to finish the group stage on a winning note even though we know our opponents are tough. This gives us motivation to even work harder. I told my players they have got an opportunity to make history.

“We have all seen the many surprises so far in the tournament, and our opponents must be prepared as it will not be a smooth ride. We only have one player missing and that is our captain, but we have equally good players that can replace him as we fight to qualify.”

Aliou Cisse (Coach, Senegal)

“We have confidence going into the game, but it’s important to respect Malawi. We are happy that all our players are available which gives us more options. All Senegalese are watching us and it’s our role to give them hope by winning.

“Our ambitions are intact. We are playing against a motivated side that want to go for a special win.”

Norman Mapeza (Coach, Zimbabwe)

“The players we missed were a huge blow for us. They are players who have been a great help to us during the playoffs. We played very well against Senegal, holding them down until twenty seconds from the end. We had chances to win against Malawi, especially in the first half. So, we will try to retain the positive to get a good result against Guinea.”

Kaba Diawara (Coach, Guinea)

“Winning would be important for us. There is determination and motivation among the team to move forward. We have tried to keep the high levels of concentration in the players to win the game. We are not in next round yet, so we should work hard to get the three points and, if possible, get the first position. We are building a strong team with many promising players.”

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