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The race to become Africa’s top football team is down to just four. Of our Observers’ first picks at the start of the tournament, only Ivory Coast failed to make the cut. This time, we asked them to give their forecast for the remaining fixtures.
But who's your bet for African champion? Which of the Pharaohs, the Black Stars, the Super Eagles and the Desert Foxes do you see lifting the cup? Send us your thoughts.
Patrick Mbedi lives in Douala, Cameroon. He runs a website dedicated to the Indomitable Lions.
The other match will no doubt be the most heated so far. It’s a great chance for Egypt to avenge their defeat to Algeria, which cost them a place at the World Cup this summer. On paper, the two rivals are of equal strength. They also know each other’s game by heart. I think whoever can best handle the tension will be the winner. But the momentum is clearly with Algeria. The holders were less than impressive against Cameroon and the pressure is on their side. I think a final between Algeria and Nigeria will be a real thriller.
Paul Miti runs a Facebook group for fans of the Zambian Chipolopolos.
I’d like to see Ghana take on Algeria in the final, because that would guarantee an entertaining game from start to finish. I’ve watched Egypt throughout the tournament and I don’t think they have progressed at all. In fact, they looked somewhat limited against Cameroon. In contrast, Algeria were very impressive against Ivory Coast. The Desert Foxes showed unity, fighting spirit and a true desire to win.
Lasidy Diarra is a legal expert in Gao, in northern Mali.
Egypt are my favourites to win in the final. Nigeria will have to come up with a perfect game to beat them. They will have to be solid in defence and make the most of their counter-attacks. If they can get enough balls in the box and exploit Egypt’s weaknesses in the air, they just might pull it off.