Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Benin feels the pinch of Nigeria's economic woes

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Deutsche Bank shares recover after turbulent week

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inside Aleppo: 'Feels like prison'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The Legacy of Shimon Peres, The Battle of Aleppo (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump-Clinton Debate, Colombia Peace Deal, Death of the BlackBerry (Part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Backstage at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

Sports

Group A

Text by Allaoua MEZIANI

Latest update : 2010-01-10

Group A teams have the privilege of playing in Angola‘s capital, Luanda, save for the last match, between the Eagles of Mali and the Flames of Malawi, to be played in Cabinda.

Group A: Algeria, Angola, Mali, Malawi

Algeria, the only team in the group to have qualified for the 2010 World Cup, are undoubtedly the hot favourites in this pool. But it is best not to jump to conclusions about the outcome. Angola have the home advantage and are playing in their fourth cup. They are also going to draw on their experience as one of five African teams taking part in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Mali, whose star player is Fred Kanouté, reached the final of the CAN in 1972 and came third in 1994 and 2004. Malawi have played in the CAN only once, in 1984, and did not get past the first round. Though they are also unlikely to win the cup this year, they will no doubt feel confident after their impressive win over title holders Egypt in the qualifying stage.

 

The favourites: Algeria, Mali.

The nicknames: The Desert Foxes (Algeria), the Palancas Negras or Black Antelopes (Angola), the Eagles (Mali), the Flames (Malawi).

The matches (GMT):

Sunday, Jan. 10: Angola-Mali (4pm)

Monday, Jan. 11: Algeria-Malawi (1:45pm)

Thursday, Jan. 14: Algeria-Mali (4pm) and Angola-Malawi (6:30pm)

Monday, Jan. 18: Angola-Algeria (4pm) and Malawi-Mali (4pm, in Cabinda)
 

Date created : 2010-01-09

COMMENT(S)