African Cup biggest clash Ivory Coast Vs Nigeria today

The 29th African nations’ cup final hot favorites Ivory Coast and Olympic champions Nigeria are to head on a quarter final clash today while the tournament dark horse Burkina Faso encounters Mali that never won the championship title.
Full of teams with European based players, one time champion Ivory Coast finished on top of group four with seven points from three matches. Algerians appeared to rattle The Elephants on Wednesday taking a two goal lead, but the heavy weights stood strong and played hard settling for a draw and taking the table’s top spot.
On the other hand, two time African champion Nigeria reached for today’s quarter final with two draws and one win. Though all the players are based in Europe, no player among them including the Chelsea mid fielder Obi Michael, performed up to people’s expectation. Spear head by The Elephants all time greatest footballer Didier Drogba, Arsenal target man Jervinho,  current African player of the year Yaya Toure together with Zakora orchestrating the midfield  along with  the solid defense led by Kolo Toure, Ivory Coast has the edge to crush  Nigeria for the semi final place.
French head coach Sabri Lamushi appears at ease with his squad full of professional players whose commitment for their country never in question.  . The other match today is the West African derby between Emmanuel Adebayor inspired Togo and Burkina Faso.Togo joined the knock-out stage after 1-1 draw against Tunisia. The tiny soccer country Togo was the group’s under dog yet managed to win 2-0 over much talked about Algeria then a 1-1 draw with Tunisia on the group final match. The group stage most surprising side Burkina Faso won group three with a goal difference after thrashing Ethiopia 4-0.