Ghana/South Africa dilemma: When ”lots” in football twists the fate

The Black Queens of Ghana
The Black Queens of Ghana

The Black Queens confirmed their all Africa games semi-final spot yesterday, following the drawing of lots done by ad-hoc organzing committee on Monday.

They take on neighbors Ivory coast today in the last four of the competition being hosted by Congo due to a 1-1 draw between Ghana and Cameroon on Sunday.

Ghana were tied with South Africa at the competition in Brazzaville which prompted the lots to decide who advanced to the next level.

However as explained an article 12(D) of the regulations of the competition, Cameroon has the edge having scored more goals; one each against Ghana and South Africa.

Article 12(D)states:

“In case of equality of points after all the group matches have been played , the classification of the teams shall be established according to the following criteria:

1 a) Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams.
2 b) Goal difference resulting from the matches between the concerned teams.
3 c) Greater numbers of goals scored away from home in matches between the concerned teams (for the preliminary to tournament only).
4 d) Superior goal difference from all the matches played in the group.
5 e) Greater number of goals scored in all the matches played in the group”.

Still tied, article 39 thus becomes the final resort which states:

“Cases unforeseen in these rules are to be decided upon by CAF competent bodies in accordance with the regulations of the Africa cup of nations.” Ghana gained the advantage.

In view of this, the Black Queens are still on course to make it back to back finals in this competition after finishing as runner-up to Cameroon in Maputo four years ago.

In the other semi-final fixture, the Africa Women’s Championship finalists will lock horns as defending Cameroon takes on Nigeria.
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Nana Akua
Nana Akua is Ladies March Ghanaian Correspondent. She's the second child of a Christian family of nine and got hooked on football at the age of 10. Interestingly, she played football in her junior high school team at age of 12. '' I stopped playing due to some myth my dad told me''. Hahaha She's a football reporter for Heritage and a Sports producer for a Ghana-based TV station. Nana is still studying at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. and is an avid Blogger. Arsenal fanatic, Accra Hearts of Oak stalker and Prison Ladies supporter, Nana loves sports to a fault basically because, ''I earn a living through writing and talking!! Radio, TV and newspaper'' Great!

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