Mon 18 Nov by Mark Gleeson
The group phase of the European Championship qualifiers and also the end of round two of the qualifying games for the next African Cup of Nations tournament.There is one more group in which matters must be settled, while the rest Euro 2020 qualifiers are being used to either plan for the finals or to rebuild for the future - depending on whether a team has advanced to next June’s tournament or not.The winner in Cardiff between Wales and Hungary will book a berth in the finals from Group E, in which Croatia are already through as pool winners.Wales must win while Hungary can afford a draw, so long as Slovakia do not beat Azerbaijan. That is unlikely to happen but it’s realistically win or bust for both Hungary and Wales.The match is included in the carryover Soccer 13 pool, which is set to top R10 million!The African Cup of Nations qualifiers are just starting, but what has been marked is how difficult the games have been for most of the continent’s heavyweights and how much the gap between so-called giants and minnows has been bridged.An example is that Botswana went to Harare at the weekend and drew with Zimbabwe, who on paper look a much better outfit.Now Zimbabwe have another derby - away against Zambia in a match that is full of South African-based players. These games are always tight but can Zimbabwe recover from the home setback and win a rare outing in Lusaka?It is possible given the psychological trauma and lengthy travel that Zambia have had to endure since losing 5-0 to defending champions Algeria last Thursday.
TAB soccer customers will find all qualifiers in TAB soccer pools and can then start looking ahead to the resumption of matches in all the top leagues at the weekend, including the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.Those could yield a mouth-watering final next month between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns!
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