Mixed fortunes for SADC in AFCON qualifiers

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By SAVIOUS KWINIKA

 

JOHANNESBURG - NATIONAL teams from the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) bloc experienced contrasting fortunes
during the qualification campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)
this week.

The standout performers were 2019 quarter-finalists, Madagascar,
who collected a maximum six points to show that their progression to the
knockout phase in Egypt was not a fluke.

They are a team on the rise and with such performances have put
themselves in good stead to book their berth in Cameroon for a
successive AFCON appearance.

Mozambique and Zimbabwe also started their campaigns credibly as they
amassed four points after a victory and a draw in their opening two
matches.

Other hopeful SADC regional member states - Malawi, Namibia, South
Africa and Tanzania- each collected three points after registering a
single victory and losing their other qualifiers.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have amassed two points after
playing to stalemates in their opening two matches.

Botswana and Lesotho have a point each with a draw and a loss.

Angola and Eswatini, (formerly Swaziland), have gotten their campaigns
off to a bad note with no points, proving to be punching bags in their
respective groups.

Below are the full AFCON Group tables showing number of games played,
won, drawn, lost and points collected.

GROUP A
Country         P  W  D  L  Pts
Guinea          2  1  1  0  4
Mali            2  1  1  0  4
Namibia         2  1  0  1  3
Chad            2  0  0  2  0

GROUP B
Uganda          2  1  1  0  4
Burkina Faso    2  1  1  0  4
Malawi          2  1  0  1  3
South Sudan     2  0  0  2  0

GROUP C
Ghana           2  2  0  0  6
South Africa    2  1  0  1  3
Sudan           2  1  0  1  3
Sao Tome & Principe 2 0 0 2 0

GROUP D
Gambia          2  1  1  0  4
Gabon           2  1  1  0  4
D.R. Congo      2  0  2  0  2
Angola          2  0  0  2  0

GROUP E
Morocco         2  1  1  0  4
Mauritania      2  1  1  0  4
Central Africa  2  1  0  1  3
Burundi         2  0  0  2  0

GROUP F
Mozambique      2  1  1  0  4
Cameroon        2  1  1  0  4
Cape Verde      2  0  2  0  2
Rwanda          2  0  0  2  0

GROUP G
Comoros         2  1  1  0  4
Kenya           2  0  2  0  2
Egypt           2  0  2  0  2
Togo            2  0  1  1  1

GROUP H
Algeria         2  2  0  0  6
Zimbabwe        2  1  1  0  4
Botswana        2  0  1 1  1
Zambia          2  0  0  2  0

GROUP 1
Senegal         2  2  0  0  6
Congo           2  1  0  1  3
Guinea Bissau   2  1  0  1  3
Eswatini        2  0  0  2  0

GROUP J
Tunisia         2  2  0  0  6
Libya           2  1  0  1  3
Tanzania        2  1  0 1  3
Equatorial Guinea 2 0 0 2  0

GROUP K
Madagascar       2  2  0  0  6
Ethiopia         2  1  0  1  3
Ivory Coast      2  1  0  1  3
Niger            2  0  0  2  0

GROUP L
Nigeria          2  2  0  0  6
Benin            2  1  0  1  3
Lesotho          2  0  1  1  1
Sierra Leone     2  0  1  1  1

- CAJ News

 

 

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