North African Teams Battle on the Road to Sydney
Only two rounds remain until the conclusion of the African football qualifications for the Olympic Games in Sydney, and much is still to be decided.
Ghana kept its hopes for an Olympic berth alive with a 2-1 victory over Guinea. Morocco currently leads Group C pool, followed by Egypt, Ivory Coast and Tunisia respectively.
Cameroon boasts nine points and Ghana and South Africa each have seven and similar goal differences with two rounds left. Last week, Morocco maintained its group C lead by beating Tunisia 2-0 in Casablanca. The Moroccans led Egypt by two points and Ivory Coast by four after two goals, after the Egyptians managed, in a life-or-death match, to beat the Ivorians 2-1 in Cairo. The Egyptians now occupy second place in group C pool. In a heavily anticipated match-up, the Egyptians will face Morocco in Cairo on March 12th, while the Ivory Coast team faces Tunisia in Abidjan on the same date.
Nigeria, the defending Olympic champions, struggled to beat the lowly Ugandan squad in Lagos. With the win, Nigeria advanced to a level position with Zimbabwe, which lost 2-4 to Angola.
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