The Confederation of African Football’s decision to expand the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, adding a Round of 16 for 2019, appears to have paid off, at least in terms of entertainment value. The Round of 16 saw most of the tournament’s top teams crash out of the competition, in many cases to heavy underdogs. One such underdog was Benin, who held heavily favored Morocco to a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes, per Reuters, then somehow snuck away with a penalty shootout win. But the Squirrels’ good fortune may be about to run out, as they open the AFCON quarterfinals by facing Sadio Mane and Senegal, who must be considered a serious challenger for the Cup, now that host Egypt, defending champion Cameroon, and four-time winners Ghana were all eliminated. Senegal now meets Benin in a quarterfinal match that will live stream from Cairo.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Senegal vs. Benin Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal round opener on Wednesday, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Eastern European Time on Wednesday, July 10, at the 30,000-seat 30 June Stadium, also known as Egyptian Air Defense Stadium, in Cairo, Egypt.
In Senegal, that start time will be 5 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, while the game will also start at 5 p.m. West Africa Time in Benin.
In the United Kingdom, the match starts at 5 p.m. as well, but under British Summer Time. In the United States the live stream gets underway at noon Eastern Daylight Time, or 9 a.m. Pacific. In the Republic of Indonesia, the game gets underway at 11 p.m. Western Indonesian Time on Wednesday night, 1 a.m. Eastern on Thursday morning, July 11.
It will come as no surprise that Senegal, led by Liverpool man Mane who hopes to supplement his UEFA Champions league trophy with an African Cup of Nations title, enter the match as overwhelming favorites against Benin, who had never made it out of the AFCON group stage prior to this year. According to The South African, the Lions of Teranga have a 66 percent chance of victory in a computer model, while Benin’s chances of winning are a mere 10 percent.
In addition to upsetting Morocco, Benin proved that they are for real in the group stage, where they held both Ghana and Cameroon to draws, per Soccerway. But the Squirrels will have to get by without veteran forward Khaled Adenon, who was sent off in extra time against Morocco, making their struggle against Senegal considerably more difficult.