… Teams facing tough contest at AFCON
With the African Cup of Nations at its interesting stage - the second round of the group stage - teams representing the Confederation of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) are having it tough at the competition. Doubts are coming thick and fast about the progression of South Africa, DRC and Zambia into the quarterfinals following their recent performances.
The 2012 African champions Zambia have managed to collect only one point from the two matches they played. They drew 1-all with DRC in the first game before losing 1-2 to Tunisia on Thursday.
On the other hand South Africa lost 3-1 to Algeria in their opening match which many think it should have not lost. “The South Africans were playing very well against Algeria but they gave away victory by failing to capitalise on their finishing. It is their lack of scoring that gave the game to Algeria,” said Tebogo Diphale. According to him, the game against Algeria was a lifeline for Bafana Bafana since the other remaining games are going to be even more difficult.
Diphale does not see South Africa proceeding to the next round because of the group they are placed in. Group C, which the considered the group of death, consists of Algeria, Senegal and Ghana. All these teams are ranked higher than Bafana Bafana and are strong competitors. “To win against these teams one needs to hit the back of the net every chance created. Looking how Bafana is playing I do not see them going through to the next round since they do not score,” said Diphale.
Zambia, on the other hand, have very slim chances of qualifying as they face the notorious Cape Verde in the last game. Cape Verde had beaten Zambia in the qualifiers of AFCON to finish top of the group ahead of Zambia. Football lovers will have to wait and see what comes out of the encounter as Zambia is under pressure.
“It is going to be a tough one for Zambia. They have to win to keep the chances of proceeding to the next level alive. However, it is going to be a difficult task for them against Cape Verde,” said Thuso Bosilong. The football fanatic said he finds very slim chances for Zambia to go through to the quarterfinals.
According to him, COSAFA will not have a representative at this stage. “With Zambia already having slim chances and South Africa having toughest competition, I do not think COSAFA will have a representative at the quarterfinals,” he said.