Egypt entered into very complex calculations in order to qualify for the round of 16 of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Pharaohs tied in the first match of the group stage with Mozambique 2-2, then with Ghana with the same score.
Meanwhile, the Cape Verdean national team defeated Ghana 2-1, then won 3-0 on Friday over Mozambique, ensuring its qualification to the round of 16 as group leader.
The opportunity has become favorable for Egypt to pass through the group stage by either occupying second place, or as the best 4 teams occupying third place.
Egypt group standings in the African Cup of Nations
Cape Verde leads the group with 6 points from two wins, while Egypt comes in second place with 2 points.
Ghana comes third with one point, with a superior goal difference over Mozambique, which is at the bottom of the group with the same score.
Egypt’s chances of qualifying for the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations
There is one match remaining against Egypt in the group stage, which will be against Cape Verde next Monday.
If Egypt wants to qualify without calculations, it must achieve a victory over Cape Verde with any result and then guarantee its presence in the round of 16.
In the event of a tie, it will wait for Ghana and Mozambique to draw until it can pass through the gate of second place, but if one of the two teams wins the match, then the Nile Country will lose the opportunity to pass through the second place.
Egypt’s draw with Cape Verde and the victory of Ghana or Mozambique means that the Pharaohs have 3 points in third place, and here there are weak chances of qualifying from the gate of the best 4 teams that occupied third place.
The loss from Cape Verde, along with a draw from Ghana and Mozambique, puts Egypt in a complex calculation to determine the identity of second and third place. However, if one of the two teams wins, Egypt loses its chances of qualifying for third place by achieving only two points.
Potential opponents for Egypt in the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations
Egypt’s qualification from second place will mean that it will face the second-placed team from the last group, which includes Morocco, Tanzania, the Republic of the Congo and Zambia.
As for occupying third place, Egypt will face the leader of the Senegal and Cameroon group, or the Algeria group.