After twelve days of group stage action and two days of rest, the journey to African Cup of Nations glory resumes in the land of the pyramids, Egypt.
The group stages coughed up lots of incidents from the goals, the misses, the blunders and the tactics. Not to forget the fans in the stands, the permutations as to who qualifies for the knockout stages.
But with the group stage over, eight out of the 24 teams were eliminated whiles sixteen teams will in the next four days be whittled down to eight for the quarter finals.
Ghana vs. Tunisia in Ismailia was the final fixture of round of 16. It was a goalless first half but with barely 20 minutes to the end, Khenissi gave the Tunisians the lead.
An own goal brought The Black Stars back into the game in the dying minutes, as Bedoui scored at the wrong end. The game was decided via penalty kicks.
Ghanaian fans are fuming over a disallowed goal scored by captain Andre Dede Ayew in the first half. According to many of them, a Video Assistant Referee would have ruled it as a valid goal.
CAF will begin using VARs in the quarterfinals of the competition.
Ghana topped their group thanks to a final group F victory against Guinea-Bissau. They had drawn their first two games 2 – 2 against Benin and goalless against Cameroon.
Tunisia placed second in Group E after three drawn games with Mali, Mauritania and Angola. They were the only north African country that failed to win a match in the group games.
The Tunisians will play Madagascar for a place in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations.