Zambia ended a long wait for a place in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after recording a convincing 3-0 victory over Sudan.
Group A winners Zambia take on Group B runners-up Sudan in the first Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.
Eltaib Mudather's brace saw Sudan complete the turnaround they required in Africa Cup of Nations Group B and reach the knockout stages.
Sudan head into their final Africa Cup of Nations group match against Burkina Faso with qualification for the quarter-finals a very real possibility.
Sudan twice came from behind to seal a 2-2 draw with Angola and claim their first point of this year's African Cup of Nations.
Sudan will be desperate to bounce back from a defeat in their opening Group B game when they face in-form Angola on Thursday.
Didier Drogba was on target for Ivory Coast as they made hard work of winning their first game in this year's Africa Cup of Nations.
Ivory Coast and Sudan start the road to Africa Cup of Nations glory on Sunday when they square up in their Group B opener in Malabo.
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