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    Africa Cup of Nations Group A permutations

    JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – All four teams in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations have a chance of making the quarter-finals when the final fixtures are staged 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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