Is South Africa in the AFCON group of death?
Is South Africa in the AFCON group of death?
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Is South Africa in the AFCON group of death?

Many South Africans are of the feeling that Bafana Bafana have been placed in the AFCON 2019 Group of death? But what exactly is a group of death?

Stuart Baxter’s team are in Group D with Morocco, Côte D'Ivoire and Namibia. So does this define the meaning of group of death?

In general understanding, a group of death is where we find the highest competition of strong teams fighting for a limited number of qualification spots in the group. In this case, SA, the Ivorians and Morrocco will challenge for the two top places.

Therefore, it will possibly be ‘death’ for one these sides because it is not expected of them to drop out in the first round.

The group by ranking:

  1. Morocco: 4
  2. Côte D'Ivoire: 11
  3. South Africa: 14
  4. Namibia: 28

South Africa’s Group D fixtures:

Monday 24 June 2019

  • Côte D'Ivoire vs SA
  • 16:30, Al Salam.

Friday 28 June 2019

  • SA vs Namibia
  • 22:00, Al Salam.

Monday 1 July 2019

  • SA vs Morocco
  • 18:00, Al Salam.

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