Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ chances at qualifying for the 2017 AFCON fell through in Alexandria, Egypt yesterday.
The west African side were unable to defeat their northern counterparts as they lost in a 1-0 defeat. The team garnered a 1-1 draw in their match at the Ahmadu Bello stadium in Kaduna last week which saw the Egyptian Pharaoh’s who are also 7-time winners of the AFCON defeat the Super Eagles.
In the same week, Chad another group G member announced that it was withdrawing from the AFCON qualifiers and other international tournaments due to insufficient funds. This announcement dwindled Nigeria’s chances at qualifying for the AFCON. The CAF has a rule concerning teams who quit the competition at the group stage. The rule requires that all points gotten from a game with said group will be annulled and only one team, the team with the most points, Egypt in this case, can qualify.
As football’s unpredictability would have it, the Super Eagles are trailing behind the Pharaohs with 5 points which makes it impossible to advance to the next stage.
Egypt currently has 7 points and has just one game to play, against Tanzania which is currently at the bottom of the table with just 1 point.
Also Tanzania’s little glimmer of hope at qualifying for the AFCON lies in their next two games. The East African team which suffered a 3-0 defeat from the Egyptians would have to beat the Pharaohs in their next game. Tanzania would also have to beat the Super Eagles in their last game in September.
Likewise, Morocco becomes the first to qualify for the African Cup Of Nations having defeated Cape Verde with 2 goals to nil.