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A Sunday of upsets in AFCON qualifiers

[Posted 11 Oct 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
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The so-called African minnows surprised all and sundry in the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, by posting upsets against established big names in African football.

FIFA World rankings counted for nothing in matches involving the big guns of Africa football over the weekend, more particularly in the match between Africa Champions Egypt and little Niger. The best ranked African nation in the world (9th place) suffered a shock 0-1 loss to Niger in Niamey.

The defeat at the hands of Niger left the Pharaohs anchoring Group G, with a single point after two matches, following another shock result in September, when the Pharaohs were held to a draw in Cairo by Sierra Leonne.

Group G leaders South Africa played to a gallant goalless draw against Sierra Leonne in Freetown. Pitso Mosimane managed to do better than his predecessors who returned home with tails between their legs in Bafana Bafana's last trip to Feetown in the previous afcon campaign.  

Egypt are in real danger of missing out on qualification to the afcon finals in 2012. If they do, it will be for the first time in more than 15 years that Egypt will miss out.

Another giant killing act was performed by surprise Group D leaders, the Central African Republic, who thumped Algeria 2-0 in Bangui. The Fauves Bas Oubangui sent toungues waging on 4 September after a famous 0-0 away draw with Morocco. They have now proved that that result was no fluke. 

Guinea appeared to be such potent contenders in Africa before sleeping uinto obscurity in the past four years. They seem to be back with a bang in the 2012 campaign.

After an imp[ressive away 4-1 thumping of Ethiopia, the Guineans grounded a crucial 1-0 victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria, who were uncertain about playing the match following a FIFA, which was only lifted 48-hours before the match. The Nigerians might have a plausible excuse for their loss.

In Kumasi, Ghana's campaign faltered after the Black Stars were frustrated by the visiting Sudanese, who to their credit, defended resolutely to deny the Ghanaians any goal before their home crowd. Ghana though managed to hold on to pole position in Group I with 4 points.

Three giants of African football have been able to defend their positions and status on the continent and in the world over the weekend, and this only happened on Saturday.

The Ivory Coast managed to come out of Bujumbura with all the three points after holding to a Romarick strike against. Senegal, a sleeping giant for the past 5 years, emerged as the biggest winners at home after running away 7-1 victors over the bemused Mauritius team in Dakar.

Mali finally remembered how to win on Saturday after managing a narrow 2-1 victory over Liberia in a Group A qualifier.

Zimbabwe, favourites to win the encounter on Sunday in Harare, were left to curse their unlucky when they failed to score against Cape Verde. The Warriors' frustrations were reason to celebrate for the Blue Sharks, who now lead Group A with 4 points.


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