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U-23 AFCON: Nigeria Will Reach Semis With A Draw Vs Algeria

By Dare Esan:

The U-23 Eagles will only need a draw of any kind in their final group game against Algeria to qualify for the semi-finals of the on-going CAF U-23 Nations

Cup if Egypt expectedly beat Mali in their final group game, according to CAF rules governing qualification in case all three teams tie on points.

Article 68.2.3 of the competition makes the number of goals scored the deciding factor if the teams have the same goals difference.
"The greatest number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned will be used to decide the qualifiers," reads the article.

A win for Egypt will take them to five points, same as Nigeria and Algeria if their game ends in a draw.

If this scenario presents itself after the conclusion of the group games on Saturday, Nigeria will pick a semi-final ticket.
Algeria's chances of joining Nigeria will depend on the nature of the draw. If the game between Nigeria and Algeria ends from 3-3 upwards, then Algeria will

come second behind Nigeria but if the scoreline is 0-0 or 1-1, Algeria will be eliminated.

If the game ends in a 1-1 draw, then it presents another scenario as to who tops the group between Nigeria and Egypt as both will have the same number of
goals scored and same number of goals conceded.

HEAD-TO-HEAD TABLE
–Going into final group game

Team P W D L F A GD PTS
Egypt 2 – 2 – 3 3 – 2
Nigeria 1 – 1 – 2 2 – 1
Algeria 1 – 1 – 1 1 – 1

Note: Egypt cannot add any points or goals to what they already have in this mini-league as they have already played Nigeria and Algeria, and results against Mali do not count.

SCENARIO NUMBER 1:
If Egypt win and Algeria vs Nigeria ends in 1-1

Team P W D L F A GD PTS
Egypt 2 – 2 – 3 3 – 2
Nigeria 2 – 1 – 3 3 – 2
Algeria 2 – 1 – 2 2 – 2

If the game between Algeria and Nigeria ends in a 1-1 draw and Egypt beat Mali by any margin, then Egypt and Nigeria will qualify with the margin of victory over Mali by Egypt to decide who tops the group.

SCENARIO NUMBER 2:
If Egypt win and Algeria vs Nigeria ends in 2-2

Team P W D L F A GD PTS
Nigeria 2 – 1 – 4 4 – 2
Egypt 2 – 2 – 3 3 – 2
Algeria 2 – 1 – 3 3 – 2

Nigeria will qualify as group leaders if the second scenario presents itself after the games on Saturday while Egypt and Algeria will rely on goals difference from general group games to decide who joins Nigeria since both will have cancelled each other out in the head-to-head permuatation.

SCENARIO NUMBER 3:
If Egypt win and Algeria vs Nigeria ends in 3-3

Team P W D L F A GD PTS
Nigeria 2 – 1 – 3 3 – 2
Algeria 2 – 1 – 4 4 – 2
Egypt 2 – 2 – 3 3 – 2

Nigeria will still qualify as group leaders while Algeria will sneak in as runners-up because of the number of goals they have scored.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RULE
Article 68
68.2 In case of equality between more than two teams at the end of the group matches, the
teams will be ranked according to the following criteria in the order listed below:

68.2.1 The greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams
concerned;
68.2.2 The best goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
68.2.3 The greatest number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
68.2.4 If after applying criteria 68.2.1 to 68.2.3, two teams are still tied, 68.2.1 to 68.2.3
criteria are again applied to matches played between the two teams in question to
determine the final ranking of the two teams. If this procedure does not allow separating
them, the criteria listed from 68.2.5 to 68.2.7 are applied in the indicated order;
68.2.5 The goal difference in all group matches;
68.2.6 The greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;
68.2.7 A drawing of lots conducted by the Organising Committee.

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3 Comments

  1. Reply Post By Bankole

    The 2-2 draw recorded by the Dream team against the Egypt was heart breaking and it has one more time put the coaching copetences of Siasia to very seriouis doubt as he has lost great matches ( e.g 2003 Holland under 20) to counter attack

  2. this is what siasia was crying out that nff and npl should quick respond to his aid but no body listen to him now u want to blame him. GOD forbide bad thing if sia fail to qualify we will holld nff responsible bc it is conspirency against sia and entired nation.

  3. Mr Article writer please stop mis-informing us. From your article and the stated rules above, goal difference comes first before the highest number of goals but you are stating the otherwise. This was how Equatorial Guinea eliminated the Super Eagles from qualifying for AFCON 2012 bc the rule was not clarified to the team.

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