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Egypt face Ivorian challenge

After this morning's quarter final matches in the Africa Cup of Nations the Ivory Coast will meet Egypt in a repeat of the 2006 final which Egypt won on penalties.

Two years ago it was a goalless draw and the host team won their fifth trophy after winning the shootout but I doubt very much that the match will go to penalties this time.

Ivory Coast are still to concede a goal so far in these finals and were Egypt to score they would be the first team to score against them.

I think Egypt lack the cutting edge of the Ivorians. I can see the Elephants winning the match and going on to win the final where they would meet the winner between Ghana and Cameroon.

I think that the match between Ghana and Cameroon could be the match that could lead to the first penalty shoot out in this year's tournament.

I think Ghana has been playing enough to win their matches but I was impressed with their win against Nigeria where they won with ten players.

I think against Cameroon they will need all their eleven players if they are to please the home crowd.

Against Tunisia all eyes were on Samuel E'too to see if he was going to increase on his five goal tally so far but it was Stephane Mbia who stole the limelight as he scored a brace.

I thought Tunisia did well to come back from two goals down and then force extra time but Cameroon looked the better side throughout and I think they deserve to reach the semis.

Six years ago Cameroon were the leading African side having won the Nations Cup in 2000 and 2002 but now they are not and I think the current team would like to restore their pride back by reaching the final at least and possibly winning it.

Ghana will have the home support and I think they will also rely heavily on Michael Essien but they will have the work cut out against a determined Cameroonian side.

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