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[Long time no talk guys :) . This group seems to be dying a slow death it seems. Anyway, enough of the pessimism, let's talk about this weekend's football. Here's my take on things. Comments please, and thank you]

Group 1 [Senegal (13), Zambia (13), Togo (10), Congo (6), Liberia (4),
Mali (2)]
Zambia [2 - 0] Congo
Senegal [6 - 1] Liberia
Mali [1 - 2] Togo << match abandoned :nono:

The Chipolopolo are still tied with Senegal on points after beating Congo, but the Lions from Teranga lead the group by virtue of a higher GD. In two games, Senegal have put NINE past their neighbours and conceded one. This game was an EPL goalfest with goals from Khalilou Fadiga (Bolton), El-Hadji Fool (Bolton), Amdy Faye (Newcastle) and Henri Camara (Southampton) and Moussa N'diaye (Istres - Ligue 1) completing the rout. Good to see Fadiga back in footballing action, hope he has recovered fully from his heart condition. Diouf is also back in the squad after been sent packing in the last game for going clubbing the night before the team left Paris for Monrovia. He has improved quite a bit this season at Bolton. Liberia beat Mali in the opening round and since then have lost four straight. Their foreign-based players could not make the trip to Dakar due to lack of funds. Sucks eh. Mali/Togo was abandoned in extra-time after gunshots were fired as dissatisfied fans started leaving the stadium before the final whistle. It all started when idiotic fans stormed the pitch after Togo had scored what would have been a match winner. CAF should dock Mali points or have them play their next home game in an empty stadium. Really, what's up with the Malian NT? On paper, they match up well against any of Africa's powerhouses. We're talking about players like Bagayoko, Sissoko, Kanoute....Since their fourth place finish at last year's Nations Cup, they have really faltered. Togo, OTOH, are playing some amazing football under the coaching of back-in-the-day Nigerian striker Stephen Keshi.

Group 2 [South Africa (12), Cape Verde (10), Ghana (9), DR Congo (9),
Burkina Faso (6), Uganda (4)]
South Africa [2 - 1] Uganda
DR Congo [1 - 1] Ghana
Burkina Faso [1 - 2] Cape Verde

Cape Verde!!! Yup, Cape Verde. Honestly, before last summer the only thing I knew of Cape Verdean ball was that Henrik Larsson is of CV origin. These guys beat the Burkinabe 1-0 in September and have done it again. They are definitely making this group interesting and are far from the pushovers I predicted them to be during the opening rounds. Their next games are at home against South Africa and Ghana. I predict the islanders will win one of those games. The win by CV was the second win in this group by a team away from home. Bafana x2 is in the driver's seat now after an unconvincing win against lowly Uganda in an almost empty stadium. I guess all the South Africans were watching England-N Ireland game. Two dubious penalties were awarded to each both team before Steven Pienaar (Ajax) headed home to ensure South Africa max points. Bafana Bafana have not been convincing in their WC qualifying and could stumble in upcoming games against Cape Verde and Ghana.
Speaking of the Black Stars, we went to Congo without Michael Essien and
Sammy Kuffour, the latter being unfit according to the coach. Weird. It is
beyond me how a player who plays in the Bundesliga for a quality outfit
(Bayern) can be declared unfit when it comes to representing his NT.
Anyway, I would have been happy with a draw especially since we were missing Essien and Sammy K. However, we shoulda/coulda beaten them. I am rooting for the BS to make the Nations Cup, but not the WC. Somehow, I feel we are not quite there yet, although South Africa is not setting the group on fire with their recent displays.
What we need is a goalscorer, and we just don't seem to have that killer
instinct. Seven goals in 6 matches is hardly good for a country with our
footballing history.
Round 7 will see CV/South Africa, Ghana/Burkina Faso and DR Congo/Uganda.
The matchups could see Cape Verde take the lead *if* they can beat Bafana at home.

Group 3 [Cote d'Ivoire (15), Cameroon (11), Egypt (10), Libya (10), Benin (2), Sudan (2)]
Egypt [4 - 1] Libya
Cameroon [2 - 1] Sudan
Cote d'Ivoire [3 - 0] Benin

Sudan drew with Cameroon in the last round due to a last-minute Cameroonian equaliser. Disgraceful Sudanese!! This time they almost snatched another point in Yaounde against the Lions, who are not looking so Indomitable after all. Cameroon's task of beating the visitors was helped when Sudan's Amie DAmer was sent off midway in the 2nd half. Even then, the managed to get the 3 points late in injury time through Achille Webo. The Lions won their first game under new coach Artur Jorge, who has inherited the impossible task of *trying* to take them to the WC, after Winfred Shaeffer was fired for a string of poor results. There's not much to write about this group.
Cote d'Ivoire is going to it's first WC and Cameroon will just have to sit
back and ponder what could have been if they had not listened to Puma and worn those silly one-piece outfits against FIFA orders. Speaking of Cote d'Ivoire, are they on fire or what! Kalou, Drogba, Aruna Dindane, Kolo Toure are some names to watch out for next year in Germany. Heh, the Ivorian keeper, Jean_Jacques Tizie was making his return to competitive football after losing a testicle while playing for his club (Esperance -Tunisia). Ouch! Egypt beat Libya, but who cares, as Egypt is hosting the Nations Cup next year so they are probably using these games as preparation, and Libya may also go to the ANC due to Egypt being hosts.

Group 4 [Nigeria (13), Angola (11), Zim (8 ), Gabon (6), Algeria (6),
Rwanda (4)]
Nigeria [2 - 0] Gabon
Zimbabwe [2 - 0] Angola
Algeria [1 - 0] Rwanda

Whoa, after 6 games, Algeria has finally won game. They drew with Rwanda last time and finally managed their first group win this time round. Angola finally lost a group game, which has seriously dented their WC campaign, as a win against Zimbabwe would have lifted them top of the group over Nigeria.
Zimbabwe's goals came after an hour through Kawondera and Ben Mwaruwari (AJ Auxerre) ensuring that the Warriors of Zimbabwe keep their Nations Cup hopes alive. Nigeria have a very light schedule for the remaining fixtures and should secure WC qualification easily with Angola/Zim/Gabon battling for the remaining two Nations Cup spots. The Super Eagles secured the 3 points against Gabon through goals from Julius 'back flips' Aghahowa (has he left Shaktar Donetsktsktsk yet??) and the ageless Kanu.

Group 5 [Morocco (12), Kenya (9), Tunisia (8 ), Guinea (8 ), Botswana (6),
Malawi (3)]
Kenya [1 - 0] Botswana
Tunisia [7 - 0] Malawi
Morocco [1 - 0]Guinea

This group is still messed up wrt points as Kenya and Tunisia have played 1 less game. Malawi almost registered the absolute shock of the last round when they almost beat African Champions Tunisia, but let slip a 2-goal lead in the final 10 minutes. This time, the Tunisians made sure that there were no underdog heroics as they routed the visitors for seven with Brazilian-born striker Francileudo dos Santos scoring four times.
Kenya have recovered well from their CAF ban last year with recent wins over Botswana and Guinea thanks to goals from Denis Oliech, who leads the African qualifiers with 6 goals. They are on their third coach in five World Cup qualifiers. Wow.
Morocco tightened their grip on top spot when they beat 10-man Guinea by a lone goal from Youssef Hadji. Celtic hardman, Bobo Balde had been dismissed in the first half after a needless foul on Morocco's Abdelsalam Ouaddou with the ball nowhere near the pair.


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Very good analysis there, but ill talk about group 3 obviously.

From your words the group is done, although its far from that. Next round will see Libya host IC, and it will in no way shape or form be a walk in the park for the Ivorians. Lets say Libya snatch a win, would give them 13 points keeping IC at 15, Egypt beats Sudan and reaches 13 pts, Cameroon beats Benin and reaches 14 pts, and you have a group on fire. Dont forget that IC still have to deal with Egypt and Cameroon in Abidjan after playing at Libya and they definately will be given a rough time in all three games. So the group is far from being done, and any of the four teams can make it to Germany till this point.

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Thanx for the Summarry Kwame!

Why did the Malian fan fire gun shots putting people in states of shock and danger although it is not the same but it reminds me of the clash between the Senegalese and Gambian fans when they met in a friendly. Two Neighbouring nations arguably should unite, fighting among another...
In short Hooligans are bad :(.

6-1... Get in!!!

It's really annoying that they didn't show any highlights of the games where I am :(.
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