AFCON U17 Finals: What Uganda Needs to Qualify for World Cup

Some of Cubs' fans celebrating Uganda's 3-0 win against Tanzania on Wednesday.

Uganda’s U17 national football team, The Cubs, are back today for their final group A game against Nigeria, in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations final tournament in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The game will kick off at 4pm at the national stadium.

Uganda lost 1-0 to Angola in their opener and thumped hosts Tanzania 3-0 in the second match.

Nigeria tops group A with 6 points, followed by Angola and Uganda, both with three points. But Angola has a better head-to-head over Uganda. Tanzania is fourth with no point.

There are two groups with four nations and only the top two from each group will qualify for the U17 World Cup in Brazil later this year.

What does Uganda need to qualify?

Cubs need two things to qualify for World Cup and these are;

Any win against Nigeria today will be a direct qualification because they Uganda will go to 6 points and top the group despite having equal points with Nigeria since the East Africans will be having a better head to head record over the West Africans.

According to the regulations of this tournament, in case of points equality between two teams at the end of the group matches, the teams are first ranked according the highest number of points obtained in the match between the two teams in question.

It is thereafter that the goal difference in all group matches is considered and then later the highest number of goals scored in the whole group matches.

Also, if Uganda loses to Nigeria with less than two goals and Angola loses to Tanzania, all the three nations that is Uganda, Tanzania and Angola will be tied at 3 points.

Here, the regulations say;

In case of equality between more than two teams at the end of the group matches, the teams will be ranked according to the greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams and if it fails, the best goal difference in the matches between the concerned teams and later the greatest number of goals scored in the matches between the concerned teams, will be invoked.

Defeating Angola today by Tanzania and their slim one nil victory over Uganda puts them below Uganda which beat Tanzania 3-0, in terms of goal difference, thus qualifying for the semifinals and U17 World Cup.

This is the 13th edition of the tournament, but Uganda is featuring at the finals for the first time. The tourney ends on April 28.

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