Amajimbos: win or come back home

2015-02-22 15:00

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The SA national Under-17 team faces Cameroon during the African Youth Championship in Niger today in a final group match.

The Amajimbos must beat the west Africans to seal a semifinal berth – which will also give them automatic qualification to play in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile later this year.

Following two 2-2 scorelines against Côte d’Ivoire and Mali this week, South Africa needs maximum points to finish the tournament on five points.

With this, the situation will be more favourable for coach Molefi Ntseki’s charges, as log leaders Côte d’Ivoire and second-placed Mali – both on four points – will meet in another Group B match this afternoon.

Should there be a winner between the two west Africans, Amajimbos will move to second place, provided they beat Cameroon.

In the event of a draw between Côte d’Ivoire and Mali – and the Amajimbos win – all three sides would be tied on five points.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) organising committee applies the head-to-head rule to determine which teams are eligible to proceed in the event of a tie on points between three teams, determined as follows and in this order:

»The best goal difference from the matches between the three teams;

»The greatest number of goals scored in the matches between the teams;

»?Goal difference in all group matches;

»The greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;

»The fair play points system, in which the number of yellow and red cards are evaluated; or

»A draw of lots by CAF.

The Youth Championship semifinals will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The Group A winners will face the runners-up in Group B. The final match is scheduled for next Sunday.

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