The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has dumped the head to head rule in deciding group qualifiers at the on-going fourth African Nations Championships in Rwanda.
A press statement made available to Nigerian Pilot Sports by the continental football ruling body says in case of equality between two teams at the end of the group matches, the teams will be ranked according to the following criteria in the order listed below:
The greatest number of points obtained in the match between the two teams concerned;
– The goal difference in all group matches; The greatest number of goals scored in all group matches ; A drawing of lots conducted by the Organising Committee.
Similarly, in case of equality between more than two teams at the end of the group matches, the teams will be ranked according to the following criteria in the order listed below :
74.2.1 The greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams concerned;
74.2.2 The best goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
74.2.3 The greatest number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
74.2.4 If after applying criteria 74.2.1 to 74.2.3, two teams are still tied, 74.2.1 to 74.2.3 criteria are again applied to matches played between the two teams in question to determine the final ranking of the two teams.
If this procedure does not allow separating them, the criteria listed from 74.2.5 to 74.2.7 are applied in the indicated order; 74.2.7 are applied in the indicated order ;
– 74.2.5 The goal difference in all group matches; 74.2.6. The greatest number of goals scored in all group matches; 74.2.7 A drawing of lots conducted by the Organising Committee.
Nigeria have four points and need to beat second-placed Guinea today to qualify to the quarter-finals as group winners.
Third-placed Tunisia will play bottom-of-the-table Niger in the second match.


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