Namibia vs Côte d’Ivoire, Monday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations, Group C, at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.
After losing 1-0 to Morocco at the opening match and having the score repeated in the second round against South Africa, Namibia has the victory as a must to keep their hopes of advancing in the dispute of the African Cup of Nations. However, even that may not be enough.
To qualify for the direct classification as Group D runner-up, the team still depends on Morocco’s victory over South Africa. That would lead to a three-way tie in second place with second place being set in goal difference.
There is still a chance to advance in the recap. In that case, even if South Africa can score in the match against Morocco, Namibia will need to beat the Ivorian team. It would take advantage of the direct confrontation, which is the first tiebreaker. However, he would have to wait for the results of the other keys to know if he would be in the top four. In that case, the goal difference can be decisive.
The Ivorians depend only on their outcome to move forward. A win will put them in the round of 16. However, the position is undefined. In the event of a defeat by Morocco for the South Africans, this scenario could cause a triple tie in the first position, allowing the team to even be at the top of the leaderboard. However, even in the worst case scenario, the second place would be guaranteed in case of success against the Zimbabwean team.
There is also the possibility of classification with the tie. In that case, it can happen in different ways. The direct would be with the combination with the result of South Africa. As the South Africans won on the opening day, it is enough that the rivals do not beat the Moroccans.
The second would be through the recap between the third placed. When they reached the four points, the Ivory Coast team would have a good chance of getting in the best of the playoffs and thus ensuring their survival in the title race.
The need for victory against Namibia should make it necessary for the team to take a more daring stance and, in this way, open spaces for Côte d’Ivoire, who, more technically qualified, has the prognosis in their victory as the best option of a guess for Monday’s meeting for the last round of the African Nations Cup qualifying round.