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I don't know anything about soccer, but I know Africa.

I'll be rooting, fruitlessly, per usual for teams from the Southern and Eastern part of the continent. Above all I'll be pulling for the Uganda Cranes followed by the Zimbabwe Warriors.

I'll also pull for, albeit to a lesser extent Namibia's Brave Warriors, and Tanzania's Taifa Stars.

I will root to a lesser extent for the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

I will root against all teams from North Africa.

CRANES OYE!
 

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Other awesome nicknames The Guinea Bissau Djurtus (wild dogs), Benin's ecuriels (squirrels), Madagascar's Berea ( a sub-species of Zebu cow), and Burundi's Swallows in the war.

Sadly the Coeloncanths of Comoros did not qualify.
 

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It’s great this is on, just looking for something to watch during what is normally a dead TV time and caught Egypt vs Zimbabwe just before kickoff. Soccer is the best, it’s the off season and yet you have major tournaments on three different continents plus the women’s WC.
 

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Zimbabwe’s keeper is under six feet tall but has already made a bunch of spectacular saves.
 

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It’s great this is on, just looking for something to watch during what is normally a dead TV time and caught Egypt vs Zimbabwe just before kickoff. Soccer is the best, it’s the off season and yet you have major tournaments on three different continents plus the women’s WC.
What is it showing on?
 

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What is it showing on?
It’s on Bein Sports.

Salah is far and away the best player on the field, but he feels like the varsity player messing around with a bunch of casuals. Seems more interested in doing clever stuff with the ball than scoring. Zimbabwe has looked dangerous on the counter but their crossing and finishing has been poor.
 

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Even though it's impossible to follow I love this tournament. No other confederation is as wide open and unpredictable as this one.
 

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Is this the normal time for this, or does it just drag on for a long time? I was always anxious losing Zaha and Bolasie while this went on during the EPL season.
 

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Is this the normal time for this, or does it just drag on for a long time? I was always anxious losing Zaha and Bolasie while this went on during the EPL season.
Yep, they moved it from its historical Jan-Feb to the summer.

Edit: it’s also the first time they expanded to 24 teams, which is why some true minnows like TZ & Uganda are in the mix.
 
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Madagascar stuns Nigeria 2-0. This is a genuine stunner.

My team, the Cranes of Uganda, will take on Senegal, in the round of 16.
 

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I don't know anything about soccer, but I know Africa.

I'll be rooting, fruitlessly, per usual for teams from the Southern and Eastern part of the continent. Above all I'll be pulling for the Uganda Cranes followed by the Zimbabwe Warriors.

I'll also pull for, albeit to a lesser extent Namibia's Brave Warriors, and Tanzania's Taifa Stars.

I will root to a lesser extent for the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

I will root against all teams from North Africa.

CRANES OYE!
Score one for the good guys, Bafana Banafa shocked Egypt yesterday with a 1-0 win to send the hosts packing and head on to the Quarterfinals. It was no fluke either, RSA looked like the better side for large portions of the game and caught Egypt napping for a critical goal in the 85' to advance.

Benin also knocked out Morocco on penalties. Morocco had a chance to win it in regulation but doinked a PK in stoppage time and then the Benin keeper was heroic in the shootout to push them through.

Senegal beat Uganda and Nigeria beat Cameroon to also advance to the quarter finals.
 

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Even though it's impossible to follow I love this tournament. No other confederation is as wide open and unpredictable as this one.
As I was saying...

Egypt going out at home at the hands of RSA on a goal at the death is just nuts.

Would love to see the video of Egypt pressing for the equalizer in stoppage time in front of their home crowd. I’m sure RSA had to hang on by the skin of their teeth.
 

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So this is so cool it almost makes me think it was staged. Someone was filming a quiet street in Algeria; then Mahrez bends in a free kick:

 

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Final is this afternoon - 2pm central/3pm eastern.

Both squads are led by managers from their respective nation - Belmadi with Algeria & Cisse from Senegal. I think this is a really positive, important development for the game in Africa. It demonstrates that African managers can be successful and that instead of spending big to temporarily import another nomadic Euro-manager and his assistants, it might be better to invest in developing coaches and managers. Bigger picture, diversifying and growing the coaching pool should also diversify and grow the approaches to the game.

Also, in a tournament historically known for upsets, most of the surprising results came in the early rounds. Madagascar and Benin made the quarterfinals, but the latter stages definitely included the most talented sides. Shout out to South Africa for taking out the favored hosts, Uganda for making the last 16, Madagascar for topping its group over Nigeria, and Benin for knocking out Morocco.

Despite the last minute shift to Egypt, being played in the summer for the first time, and curiosity about the expanded field, this tournament has been a success.
 

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Senegal without Koulibaly due to yellow card accumulation. And Algeria take a 2nd minute lead on a deflected long shot that looped high up over the keeper.
 

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I can't believe yellow cards don't reset after the QFs or something

Also can't quite believe how long the keeper stayed rooted to his spot here, seemed like he could easily have gotten back in time to deflect the shot over: https://streamja.com/P29M
 

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I think the AfCon rule is 2 yellows in 3 games leads to a suspension, kind of a rolling window. Koulibaly picked up one in the Round of 16 and the Semifinal.

Koulibaly couldn't have stopped that first goal, and Senegal came on progressively stronger during the half. Algeria need to adjust to get around/over the Senegal press to get back on the attack.
 

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Penalty waived off after VAR. This has been a really chippy, scrappy game. It's crying out for a flash of quality to make something happen.
 

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And the second minute deflected goal decides it. Was rooting for Senegal, but the impending lack of sleep for racist French nationalists is a nice consolation
 

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A great win for Algeria. Senegal has a great crop of young players in their squad and scattered around Ligue 1. They should be a dangerous team in 2021, when the tournament will hopefully be held in Cameroon.

But this was a lackluster match. Looked like a lot of tried legs - a long, hot tournament on the heels of a long club season.