Monday, January 11, 2010

Disappointing Performance from Ivory Coast and Algeria

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 4:49 PM

As the second day of the A.C.N. proceed without Togo, Algeria and Ivory Coast both failed to give the world a taste of what to expect this coming June. Going into the tournament as World Cup teams, the whole world is watching to see what to expect from them.

The U.S. team would have felt better watching their World Cup group stage opponent crash in the hands of a unknown Malawi by three goals to nil, but Ivory Coast did all they could to break down Burkina Faso. They beat them in both legs of the qualifier, but out of tens of chances, created none that put the ball behind the Burkina B net.

Malawi stunned World Cup qualifier Algeria with two goals in the first half through Mwafulirwa in the 17th minute and Moses Chavula extended the lead in the 35th minute.

Algeria, who beat Malawi by three goals to nil 26 years ago, could feel the sense of pay back coming from the Malawans, who didn't slow down as the start of the second half kicked off. And just in the begining there were Malawans attacking again, hitting the post and Banda himself pounding the ball behind the goal keeper's reach. The pay back was completed and the Malawans felt even shocked with the victory, as they had no expectations coming into this group. Now they lead the group by 3 points following Mali and Angola's shocking 4-4 draw which makes them share the second place with a point each and Algeria last with 0 points.

Much can't be say about Ivory Coast as they were the tournament favorite, but their first goalless draw put them in a critical position as Togo quit. They now have to play only one game and it is with their fellow World cup qualifier and second African favorite Ghana. How tough can it get? A loss may see them packing, therefore both Ghana and Ivory Coast have to toughen up if they want to gain respect in June.

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