NEWS: 07.07.2019

Africa Cup of Nations: Traoré aims for quarterfinals with Guinea

Africa Cup of Nations: Traoré aims for quarterfinals with Guinea
Ibrahima Traoré and Guinea go in as underdogs in their effort to get to the quarterfinals. Foto: imago images/ZUMA Press

Ibrahima Traoré will meet Algeria tonight (21:00 CEST) with Guinea, as they attempt to reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals.

Traoré and his team head into the round of 16 as underdogs: Algeria won all three of their group stage matches against Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania and therefore qualified as a group leader for the knockout stage. Meanwhile, Guinea qualified as one of the best third-place teams, having achieved one win and one draw in their group stage matches.

Despite the preconceptions, Traoré, who will captain his team this evening, is feeling positive: “In Algeria maybe there’s a team in front of us who, on paper, have a better chance, but we know we need to be 100 per cent focused if we want to continue in this competition.”