Everyone is a candidate for qualification.. This is the case of the fifth and sixth groups in the African Cup of Nations, before the third and final round of the group stage, which will be closed today, Thursday.
Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Algeria… The four teams have the chance to take the lead in their fifth group and thus set a date with the Pharaohs in the next round.
The kick-off for the national team did not carry a great deal of optimism after losing to Nigeria in the first round with a goal without a response, but the tournament scenarios later became in favor of the Pharaohs and their Portuguese coach, Carlos Queiroz.
Thursday’s confrontations bear the fates of the Arab teams, Tunisia and Algeria, who are surrounded by the specter of an early farewell, as the Algerian team, the defending champion, realizes that it has no choice but to win against the strong and leading Ivory Coast, while the task does not seem easier for Tunisia, which is imperfect, due to the Corona virus against Gambia. .
The biggest pessimists of the Algerian national team did not expect the “Desert Warriors” to start their title defense campaign in this way, after they were satisfied with an orphan point from the first two matches in Group E, after an opening negative draw against Sierra Leone and a sudden and resounding loss against modest Equatorial Guinea that ended a wonderful series of 35 matches. Without defeat for Algeria.
As for Tunisia, after falling against Mali in the opening match, which witnessed an arbitration scandal, it revived its hopes of reaching the playoffs with a landslide 4-0 victory over Mauritania in the second round of Group F.
However, Tunisia suffered a strong blow before the fateful match, when seven players were infected with the Corona virus, including captain Wahbi Khazri, the double against Mauritania and the back Ali Maaloul. For Arabs?!