Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eagles on clipped wings

Nigeria's Super Eagles will have a silver lining in case they don't make it out of Group A of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

With 4 points from four games, the African champions are third on the log and with two games remaining, can reach a maximum of 10 points if they win the remaining games away to Congo in Pointe Noire and in Uyo against South Africa.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have sent reminders to it's various association regarding how the best third placed team will emerge to join other qualifiers for the biennial event.
Caf has already earmarked the two top teams from each group to go through and a third best team from the qualifying series to join hosts Morocco.

The procedures to determine the best third placed team has been enumerated by the ruling body as the qualifiers reach the deep end.

If two teams or more are equal on points, goal difference will be the decider. If the goals difference is the same, the team that scored the most number of goals during the final phase of qualifying will head to Morocco.

On recourse, If the two teams tally at all the procedures, then the teams will play a decider to find who joins the party.

Nigeria and Egypt, who haven't been at their best during the qualifiers will look over their shoulders, while hoping they don't have to go through the procedure spelt out by CAF.

Nigeria's participation in the on-going qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is under threat after Fifa threatened the Nigeria Football Federation with a ban in the aftermath of a Jos High Court injunction nulifying the election of Amaju Pinnick as the President of the NFF.

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