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Football | Afcon

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Afcon Group A permutations



All four teams in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations have a chance of making the quarterfinals when the final fixtures are staged on Sunday.

Leaders South Africa face Morocco at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and surprise side Cape Verde tackle last-place Angola at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The Group A winners face the Group B runners-up – most likely the Democratic Republic of Congo or Mali – in Durban on February 2 and the runners-up travel to Port Elizabeth to meet the Group B winners –probably Ghana – the same day.

South Africa (4 pts/plus 2 goal difference)

Win: Finish top of table
Draw: Qualify and stay top of the table unless Cape Verde win and finish with superior goal difference or more goals scored
Loss: Would still qualify as runners-up on head-to-head rule if Angola win, or Cape Verde draw, but go out if Cape Verde win

Cape Verde (2 pts/level)

Win: Would qualify as group winners or runners-up
Draw: Would go through if Morocco lose, but second place would be settled by goals scored, disciplinary records or drawing of lots if Morocco also draw
Loss: Eliminated

Morocco (2 pts/level)

Win: Would qualify as group winners or runners-up
Draw: Eliminated if Cape Verde or Angola win -- if Cape Verde draw, second place settled by goals scored, disciplinary records or drawing of lots
Loss: Eliminated

Angola (1 pt/ minus 2)

Win: Only hope of survival, and even maximum points not enough if South Africa lose as hosts would advance on head-to-head rule
Draw: Eliminated
Loss: Eliminated

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