Brazil 2014: Lions compromise chances of qualifying

 

The Lions defeat in the hands of the Hawks of Togo by zero goals to two yesterday has left the four times African champions with compromised chances of booking a place in the second round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Togolese victory throws the group wide open after the DR Congo forced Libya to a virgin tie earlier in the week. Only two points now separate the leaders Libya and Cameroon on six points from the bottom side Togo on four points.  The DR Congo is on five points.

The next day of play this week end would be very decisive for the teams. Cameroon negotiates a tricky away trip to Kinshasa where they absolutely need a result to keep their destiny in their hands. A defeat to DR Congo would mean the lions would depend on results else to determine their destiny.

In the other group game, the Libyans would be looking forward to consolidate their leadership position with a win at home against the Togolese.

The first round of eliminatory ends with Cameroon hosting Libya in Yaoundé and Togo entertaining the DR Congo in Lome.

Only the first teams of the ten pools that make up the CAF zone will qualify for the second phase of the eliminatory where they would be paired against each other to play on a home and away basis to determine the five teams to represent Africa in Brazil.

by Abongwa fozo

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