Saturday, January 19, 2008

My Cup of Nations Predictions

As the footballing world awaits the opening match of the 2008 African Cup of Nations, I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring and offer a prediction of what I think will happen.

Mind you, I am an African football neophyte. I'm in the process of learning about the squads and the players.
But with my paltry knowledge, I think I know enough to make a decent estimate of what'll happen.

Of course, I STILL haven't found a place to watch the matches. I can't watch them online, as I use a Mac. So none of the web resources will suffice. So I'll cast my line into the water, hope I get a bite before tomorrow and am able to watch these matches ... they don't make it easy for us football fans in the States, do they?

Anyways, here is what I think will happen:

(In order of their finish)
Group A - Ghana, Morocco, Guinea, Namibia
Group B - Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Mali, Benin
Group C - Cameroon, Egypt, Zambia, Sudan
Group D - Senegal, Angola, Tunisia, South Africa

Then, this sets up these matches in the quarterfinals:

Ghana v. Nigeria
Ivory Coast v. Morocco
Cameroon v. Angola
Senegal v. Egypt

Mouth-watering match between Ghana and Nigeria, eh?
Ok, so who makes it through?

Ghana
Ivory Coast
Cameroon
Senegal

The semifinals look like this:

Ghana v. Senegal
Ivory Coast v. Cameroon

Wow ... major matches here.

So the final?

Ghana v. Ivory Coast

And who wins?

Ivory Coast

But that's just my opinion ...

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