Thursday, 21 March 2013
AYC U20 ALGERIA 2013: GHANA CONFRONT ALGERIA IN WINNER TAKES ALL TIE AS BENIN BANK ON SLIM CHANCE AGAINST EGYPT
March 22 17:30 Algeria vs Ghana Stade Omar Oucief, Aïn Témouchent
March 22 17:30 Benin vs Egypt Stade Ahmed Zabana, Oran
GHANA CONFRONT ALGERIA IN WINNER TAKES ALL TIE
AS BENIN BANK ON SLIM CHANCE AGAINST EGYPT
Orange CAF U-20 Championship 2013 hosts, Algeria play their third and final group match looking for all three points to entertain any hopes of reaching the semi-finals. The opposition in that match on Friday in Ain Temouchent will come from Ghana. The Black Satellites themselves need something out of the game if they are to make the semi-finals themselves. That said the stage is set for an interesting contest and the finals positions will also depend on the result from the other Group A match to be played in Oran at the same time where already qualified Egypt will play Benin.
Ghana will have to do without team captain, Lawrence Lartey who misses the match due to suspension. Satellites coach, Sellas Tetteh told Cafonline.com that he expects a tough match against Algeria who will have the proverbial 12th men with the home crowd.” I would have preferred to play the hosts with semi-final place secured, but we now have to do it the hard way. We know what is required from this final group match. I expect an open game with both teams going for a win. “ said Tetteh
Meanwhile local media was full of encouragement and advice to the home side. Many believed the Algerian side has a difficult but do-able task ahead of them. The overwhelming feeling is that the Fennecs should be patient and not too hasty in trying to score. The nation is urging the team, coached by Frenchman, Jean-Marc Nobilo to lift up the country’s spirit after last game’s defeat by arch-rivals, Egypt.
One thing certain is that Omar Oucief stadium in Ain Temouchent will be packed to the rafters with Algerians keen to see their team reach the semi-finals and secure a FIFA World Cup berth, a target Nobilo said he wanted to achieve before the tournament kicked off.
“There is a full game that we have to give of our best and try and get a positive result” said Nobilo. “Do l believe it is possible to win and qualify yes, is there pressure on me and the team, yes but this is football and that is the situation we find ourselves in, so we have to deal with it. I said last time that the third game against Ghana will decide our fate and this is the case, it’s in our hands now”
Algeria who are yet to score from two matches played so far will need to open their scoring account on Friday and will be hoping that striker Haddouche Zakaria and Ouali who went close a couple of times in the last matches will finally hit the back of the net. Fennecs defence marshalled by Ferhat will have to deal with the live-wire Ghanaian striker, Ebenezer Assifuah. The forward has scored both Ghana’s total of two goals so far in the competition and he will be looking to adding on to that tally. “We just have to do our part and win and then find the result from Benin/Egypt match but tomorrow’s game is very important for us and we have to deliver and not disappoint the fans again” said Nobilo. Algeria will be looking to beat Ghana and hope that Benin does not win against Egypt by a score line better than theirs.
Meanwhile Nothing is decided yet in the group as the battle for the second qualification ticket is wide open because victory for Benin today against the comfortable Egyptian will and good fortune of result in thier favour elsewhere in the group will see Benin through to the net round and to the world youth championshhip
Benin who go into the match on a point will be looking to win and hope that Algeria win too but an inferior score line to theirs. Should this be the case, Benin will join Egypt in the semis. Before that happens Benin will have to be the first side to beat a well drilled Egyptian side at the tournament. Although already qualified, Egyptian captain and scorer of their goal against Algeria , Ramy Rabiaa said they would be going for their third win to boast their confidence even further as they enter the knock-out phase of the competition. “We want to continue with our winning ways and there will be no let –up against Benin. We play our normal football and play to win all the time, nothing will change from that on Friday” he said
Benin who are yet to score so far from their two games played will be hoping it’s third time luck for their side and another goalless outing for them will spell doom to their campaign. “ The beauty of it all is that we are still in with a chance to qualify and it depends on how we play against Egypt in the final group game” said Benin coach Sedogbo Alohotade.
According to Alohotade the side has not been fortunate in front of goal but he wouldn’t fault his boys for commitment and their performance especially against Ghana where he felt they deserved something from the game. “ Should we play as well as we did in our last game and have a bit of luck on our side l would like to think anything is possible and we could come away with a positive result. We will not give up but fight to the end against Egypt” he said. Meanwhile his opposite number Egyptian, Rabei Yassin expressed his satisfaction with his team’s qualification to the semis and World Cup before the final group match and said he wants the team to carry on with that momentum.
ALL THE RESULTS IN THE GROUP SO FAR
Algeria 0 vs Benin 0 Stade Omar Oucief, Aïn Témouchent
Ghana 1 vs Egypt 2 Stade Omar Oucief, Aïn Témouchent
Ghana 1 vs Benin 0 Stade Omar Oucief, Aïn Témouchent
Algeria 0 vs Egypt 1 Stade Omar Oucief, Aïn Témouchent