D’ Day for AFCON Group of Deathfrom JEAN OSCAR-PIERRE in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
MALABO, (CAJ News) – THE most extraordinary pool in the ongoing Orange Africa Cup of Nations, perhaps the most complex in the history of the sport, will be decided this evening with Cameroon, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali all still in with a chance to progress to the quarterfinals.
Ahead of the last set of matches, Group D is evenly poised with the sides inseparable after four consecutive 1-1 draws.
Thus, each team has played the same number of games, scored the same number of goals, conceded the same number of goals, have the same points tally and have the same (goal) difference.
On Wednesday, Cameroon will play Ivory Coast in Malabo while the other contestants have a date in Mongomo.
If both matches produce similar outcomes, officials will decide which teams advance.
If two teams win, goal difference will decide the final standings.
To obscure matters, or rather clarify them, if the winning scores are the same in both encounters, the casting of lots will decide who goes through to the Last Eight.
If one match produces a winner and the other is a draw, then the two sides with the equal number of points (3) will be separated by the casting of lots to ascertain who joins the Group leader in that stage of the competition.
The two sides will join Algeria, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, hosts Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Tunisia in the Last Eight of the biennial tournament.
Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Gabon, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia have all been knocked out of the continent’s prime football tournament after finishing outside the top two positions in their respective groups.
– CAJ News
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