AFCON 2017:Ivory Coast, Another Mighty, Has Fallen

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Surprisingly, this year’s competition has become a center for ‘mighty fallings’. This is just the Group stage and we have seen significantly big teams crash out of the tournament. Indeed, the AFCON is amazingly unpredictable. Sunday saw the exit of the host nation, Gabon after failing to win any match in the tournament. Progressively, Monday received the crash of Algeria (also failed to win any game) before Tuesday followed the trend to swallow the defending Champion and favorite of the competition, Ivory Coast.

Ivory coast lost 0-1 to Morocco in a must win tie. This drew a close to the reigning champions’ title defense with just 2points out of 3games. With Morocco’s triumph over Ivory Coast, they successfully progressed into the quarterfinals behind group leader, DRCongo. DrCongo have been a very interesting surprise in this tournament. Of course, nobody really gave them a chance but against all odds, they topped a group that has Ivory Coast, Morocco and Togo. With a 3-1 win over Togo , they cruise into the quarterfinals with shoulder’s high.

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Final result.

Morocco         1-0       Ivory coast

 

 

Togo               1-3       DR Congo

 

Final standing

Dr Congo       7points            +3

Morocco         6points            +2

Ivory Coast    2points            -1

Togo               1point              -4

 

Group D

After the surprising results so far in this tournament, it is now relatively difficult to predict possible outcomes in the remainder of the games. Hopefully, another mighty will survive tonight’s show down. The Pharaohs of Egypt [4points] will be facing the Black stars of Ghana[6points] in their quest to secure a quarterfinal spot. The Pharoahs need at least a draw to complete this mission. Mali, on the other side, is another Mighty which must defeat out of favour Uganda to raise the hope of survival pending the outcome of the Egypt- Ghana match. Ghana already secure their place with 6points on the top of the table. All actions go live simultaneously by 8pm Nigerian time. Pray for the Mightys.

Fixtures

Egypt              vs         Ghana

Uganda           vs         Mali

Group standing

Ghana            6points            +2

Egypt              4points            +1

Mali                1point              -1

Uganda           0point              -2

 

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