Two countries that made their debut in this year’s TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon have made it to the knockout stages of the competition.
The Gambia and Comoros made their AFCON debuts in this year’s tournament and both have entered the round of 16.
Their qualification is the first time since Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire achieved the feat in 1965 as debutantes.
Gambia will play Guinea while Comoros will play host Nation Cameroon as the knockout phase resumes on Sunday.
Comoros finished third in group E, finishing above Ghana after defeating the West Africans in their last leg to qualify as one of the best losers.
The Gambia made a drastic statement in group F, staying second with seven points, same as Mali as they qualified to the knockout with confidence.