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AFCON: How Egypt can qualify for the knockout rounds

AFCON: How Egypt can qualify for the knockout rounds

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Egypt beat Uganda in the second round of Group D, however, they haven’t qualified yet to the knockout stages – so here is what the Pharaohs need to qualify for the next round.

The Pharaohs left it late to claim a 1-0 win against Uganda thanks to Abdallah El-Said’s winner,whose goal made Egypt occupy the second place and with Ghana beating Mali, which guaranteed them a place in the knockout stages, their chances of qualifying for the next round were boosted massively.

Group D standings:

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READ: KingFut’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Guide

Here is how the Pharaohs can qualify for the knockout rounds:

1. Winning against Ghana:

A win against the Black Stars would make Egypt top Group D and qualify for the knockout stages as group winners, which will make them face the runners-up from Group C, which include Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo.

Group C standings:

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2. Drawing against Ghana:

A draw leave the Pharaohs two points behind Ghana, but would guarantee them second place, which will lead them to face Group C winners in Oyem on January 29.

3. Losing against Ghana:

The Pharaohs’s fate will be out of their hands as they will need Uganda to force Mali to drop points and in this case they will qualify as the group’s runners-up, but if they didn’t Egypt’s chances would be very slim.

The Eagles will qualify instead of Egypt if they won by two or more goals and Egypt lost by one, and a 1-0 win will be enough for them if Hector Cuper’s men lost by two or more goals.

A 1-0 loss for Egypt against Ghana and 1-0 win for Mali against Uganda will make the CAF draw lots to decide the qualifying team, as the two teams will equal in all of the tiebreakers (Head-to-Head, Goal difference, and Goals scored).

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