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Equatorial Guinea face Tunisia test

The host nation will on Saturday evening face its biggest challenge at the Africa Cup of Nations, when they line up against giants Tunisia in the second quarter final match at the Estadio de Bata.

The other contest of the day will pit Central African neighbours Congo Brazzavile against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The prolonged celebrations by the home fans following a 2-0 win over Gabon in the final group match early this week have since died off, perhaps in anticipation of the contest against Tunisia.

The North Africans, who breezed through Group B that included Zambia, Cape Verde Islands and DR Congo.

“They (Tunisia) play a game of poker,” Equatorial Guinea coach Esteban Becker told journalists after taking his men through a highly tactical training session at the Bata complex on Thursday morning.

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The Argentine trainer then elaborated this statement in refined English:

“They plan everything, the attacks… when and how, including which side of the field to use and even the speed. They can be quite a handful.”

The Carthage Eagles will start the match as firm favourites to triumph in this fixture given their vast experience and pedigree in this tournament.

A 30 minute period of extra time, followed by post match and consequently sudden death penalty shoot-out will be applied to determine the winner in the event that the scores remain equal after 90 minutes of regulation time.