The two West African nations set for an eventful TotalEnergies CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations third and fourth-place play-off tie on Friday.

Kick Off for the all-important cracker at 17:00 GMT at the Grande Stade de Tanger in Tangier.

A place for Paris Paris 2024 Summer Olympics next year is at stake after both nations suffered semi-final defeats to Egypt and Morocco, respectively.

With only three allocated spots for the Paris games, the winner of this cracker will join Morocco and Egypt. However, there is still the chance for the loser of the third-place playoff between Mali and Guinea to seal a place in the competition to be held in Paris.

The U23 African Cup of Nations fourth-placed team must win a play-off match against a country from Asia at a date to be decided by competition organisers.

Guinea finished second in the group, with their only loss coming against the host nation.

Mali, who also finished second, made the defending champions sweat for a top finish in Group B as they were separated by a mere point in deciding who finished top.

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