CHAN 2020: What Uganda needs to qualify for the quarter finals

A lot of people are certainly disappointed with the Uganda Cranes after a 2-1 loss to Togo on Friday.

The Cranes now face a tough charge to seal progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

But they still have a chance however small it is for them to break the jinx and go past the group stages of the 2020 African Nations Championship, a feat they’ve not achieved yet in their four previous attempts.

The defeat to the Sparrowhawks of Togo meant that the Cranes are now rock bottom of Group C with a single point gained in their 0-0 stalemate against Rwanda on Monday.

Rwanda should have won that one registering two clear cut chances but were twice denied by the frame of the goal in the first half. 

That point still gives the Cranes the slender chance of progress although head coach Johnathan McKinstry still believes that his side can get the result needed against Morocco to advance, but what is the current state of play in Group C?

Heading into the final round of group fixtures, the Cranes are bottom of the group on a point, Rwanda are third on two points, Togo sits second on three points while Morocco leads the way on four points.

And as Uganda prepare to take on Morocco, Togo will play Rwanda with both games scheduled to take place at the same time (10pm) on Tuesday, January 26 in order to avoid any kind of syndicate and the same will be for all the final group games elsewhere.

McKinstry and his side will have to beat Morocco to go level on four points with the North African side and will have a better head to head. What happens in the other tie won’t matter.

What happens in case there is a tie between two or more teams? 

In a case Uganda beats Morocco, and Togo draw against Rwanda, then three teams will be locked on four points which calls for application of article 74 of the competition regulations about tie-breakers. 

How does the tie breaker work? 

Teams are ranked according to points (three points for a win, one point for a draw, zero points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings.

  • Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams.
  • Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams
  • Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams

If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams. 

  • Goal difference in all group matches;
  • Goals scored in all group matches;
  • Drawing of lots.

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