A new Afcon winner will be crowned

PICK OF THE SPORT: The Africa Cup of Nations will have a new victor when Ivory Coast and Nigeria battle it out for the title in a game you cannot miss, recommends Dylan Bettencourt

The Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) will crown a new winner on Sunday night. 

With defending champions Senegal knocked out, hosts Ivory Coast will take on Nigeria at 10 pm to decide the African champ. 

Ivory Coast qualified for the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams, a disappointment that led to the manager Jean-Louis Gasset being fired. 

Former Ivory Coast international Emerse Fae was hired as interim manager, which has proven to be a success as the hosts find themselves in the final. 

Nigeria came to the tournament without much hope but proved their critics wrong and defeated Bafana Bafana to make the final. 

Ivory Coast last won the Afcon in 1992 and Nigeria scooped it in 2013. 

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana will face DR Congo in the battle for third place on Saturday night with kick-off at 10 pm. 

The final two matches of Afcon will be live on DStv channel 202. 

➤ The Betway SA20 cricket league comes to an end this weekend as the Sunrisers from Eastern Cape face off for the title against Durban’s Super Giants. 

The two sides met in the first semi-final where the Sunrisers emerged victorious. 

The Super Giants beat Johannesburg’s Super Kings on Thursday night and will be out for revenge after losing the first semi-final. The match begins at 5.30 pm on Saturday. 

The SA20 final will be live on DStv channel 201. 

➤ The Premier League continues this weekend with Manchester City kicking off against Everton at 2.30 pm on Saturday.

Tottenham will then face Brighton & Hove Albion at 5 pm while Liverpool take on Burnley at the same time.

On Sunday, a London derby will see West Ham face Arsenal at 4 pm before Aston Villa host Manchester United at 6.30 pm. 

Chelsea will then round off the action when they meet Crystal Palace at 10 pm on Monday.

All the Premier League action will be live on DStv channel 203.

➤ Expect the Six Nations Championship to once again provide some of the best rugby in the world this weekend.

If you’re busy on Sunday, you might want to skip Italy travelling to the Aviva Stadium to face Ireland at home. To say that Italy will struggle against Andy Farrell’s red-hot Ireland team is not a total understatement.

Much more interesting will be the Saturday matches.

Last week France, without the services of halfbacks Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, did not look convincing against Ireland. But then, Ireland appears to be invincible against any northern hemisphere opposition. On Saturday, France face the Scots at Murrayfield in cold and blustery conditions.

France will probably win, but they may still be sulking about losing to Ireland, and Scotland will have a point to prove after almost throwing it away against Wales in Cardiff. 

Expect the two former South Africans, Duhan van der Merwe and Kyle Steyn to be on full display with Finn Russell at number 10 giving them a lot of opportunities with the ball. Can Scotland match the French scrum? Sadly, no.

Warren Gatland described Wales’ first half last week as the worst he’s ever seen. For tomorrow’s game, he’s made wholesale changes to the Wales side and has probably thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

Anything’s possible, but Wales winning at Twickenham, even against an England side that always seems to be in disarray these days, would be a miracle.  

Scotland vs France on Saturday at 4.15 pm

England vs Wales on Saturday at 6.45 pm

Ireland vs Italy on Sunday at 5 pm

All matches will be live on DStv channel 211. 

Pictured above: Ivory Coast taking on Nigeria. 

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