The facts about Africa’s World Cup chances

2010-06-22 12:33

While the prayer warriors, muti men and mathematicians have been

overworked in attempting to establish Bafana Bafana’s chances of going through

to the second round, it does not look too good for the other five African

countries either.

The final round of matches, which will decide which 16 teams will

have to head to OR Tambo International Airport departures, will be played

between today and Friday.

Africa’s best hope is Ghana – who are on top of Group D – while a

dark cloud hangs over the continent’s bottom-placed representatives South

Africa, Nigeria and Algeria.

Cameroon has already been eliminated, while Ivory Coast lie third

in their group.

Here is what the African teams need to progress to the second

round:

Group B –

Nigeria

The Super Eagles need a win over Korea Republic tonight and will

hope that Argentina live up to expectations by beating Greece.

Should Nigeria get these results, goal difference will come into

the picture as they will be equal on three points with Greece and Korea

Republic.

This then means that Nigeria (with a goal difference of -2) will

have to score more against Korea and hope that Greece concede more against

Argentina.

Korea and Greece are on a -1 goal difference.

Group C –

Algeria

Algeria need no fewer than three points against USA tomorrow, while

they will also be hoping that the unlikely event of embattled England losing to

Slovenia becomes a reality.

Should this happen, the Desert Foxes will finish second with four

points.

Group D –

Ghana

The Black Stars may be on top of their group but they are not safe

considering that Germany cannot afford to lose to them tomorrow.

Ghana need at least a draw against Germany, which will be enough to

see them maintaining their stay at the summit should Serbia not beat

Australia.

If the Serbs get the three points from the Aussies, Ghana should

still finish second with a draw.

Group E –

Cameroon

After their two losses in the first two games, Cameroon were the

first team to be eliminated.

Even if they beat the Netherlands on Thursday, they will be level

on three points with Denmark and Japan.

Whatever the outcome is between Denmark and Japan in Rustenburg,

one of them will join Netherlands in the second round.

Group G – Ivory

Coast

They do not only need a win against Korea DPR on Friday but also

need plenty of goals. Going into this game, the Elephants need nine goals, but

that task could be reduced by a single goal each time Brazil scores against

Portugal.

Ivory Coast also need Portugal to lose to the five-time world

champions.



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