GHANA 1-1 CAMEROUN [Full Time]
1-0 Kwame Nsor
1-1 [To be Confirmed]
GHANA STARTING IX: Foli Adade, Smuel Kyere, Paul Aidoo, Sumaila Rasheed, Masahudu Alhassan, Saeed Adnan, Zida Shaibu Seidu, Bright Addae, Kwame Nsor, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Mahatma Otoo
NIGERIA 2-0 GAMBIA [Live]
1-0 Stanley Okoro
We are back to mathematical gymnastics as Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia battle for the only remaining ticket to the 2011 World Youth Championships.
Ghana, the defending Champions have failed to glitter, but there is still some hope as Nigeria’s loss to Cameroun in the last rounnd of games has thrown the group wide open. So if you are in the mood for some Easter Sunday mathematics, here are some IFs and BUTs for you.
Ghana will qualify to the World Youth Championships (finish second on the league table) if they beat Cameroun and Gambia also beats Nigeria. But that will not be all. Ghana must score more goals against Cameroun than Gambia does against Nigeria or at least, as many goals as Gambia scores against Nigeria.
Now that must be what the prophets of old thought of when they coined the statement ‘through the eye of the needle’ .
The case of Gambia is even more interesting. To qualify for the 2011 World Youth Championships, Gambia will have to defeat Nigeria. After which they will hope that Cameroun beats or at least draws with Ghana. However in the likeliest of events that Ghana beats Cameroon Gambia will pray that their win against Nigeria will come with a bigger scoreline than Ghana’s win against Cameroon.
Nigeria, has the easiest task. Just beat Gambia, who will play without three key players Baboucarr Jammeh, Mamut Saine and Teammate Saine. Psychologically however, rumours of protests against three of their players for being averaged by Ghana might affect their game.
All the mathematics aside, the ties in the group could end up being decided by fair play points or even a toss of a coin. If Ghana and Gambia win today and Gambia scores exactly 1 goal more than Ghana, then the only remaining ticket will be decide by fair-play points or tossing coins – in that order.
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