Based on the results from Sunday’s fixtures, Nigeria (Cullen FC) and Senegal are the first set of teams to qualify from their respective groups. Nigeria was able to secure a spot in the next round by beating D.R Congo with a 3-2 scoreline, while Senegal also secured a ticket to the semi’s with a 1-0 scoreline against Equitorial Guinea.
However, a closer look at both groups indicates there is still a lot to play for. Group A currently has Cote d’ivoire in 2nd place with 3 points. However, Eq. Guinea and Tanzania, both with 1 point each, could still make a claim for the 2nd spot based on their results from the next games.
Likewise in Group B, the 2nd spot is still up for grabs as Burkina Faso still has a chance to qualify. Burkina Faso were able to showcase their strengths today with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Cameroon. The only team that is mathematically out of reckoning is D.R Congo, with 2 losses.
D.R Congo’s performance today against Nigeria was however commendable, as they rallied from a 3-goal deficit to score 2 goals – and were well on their way to scoring a 3rd if they had a little bit more time.
Tanzania on the other hand still has a lot to play for. The game against Cote d’ivoire started on a positive note with a goal in their favor. However, this was short-lived as Cote d’ivoire tightened things up and dominated with a convincing 4-1 scoreline.
As the teams break for the week, players and coaches alike will be re-energized to ensure they put in their all to secure the last qualification spot within their respective groups.