Senegal could only draw tonight with South Africa, and are eliminated from the African Cup of Nations.
Habib Beye – on way home with Faye
Senegal had to at least win tonight to remain in the competition. However, since Tunisia and Angola ended their game 0-0, and were both on 4 points to Senegal’s 1 point before the game – Senegal and South Africa are both eliminated. Even if Senegal had won tonight they would have still been eliminated.
Here’s how the final Group D ended up after the games tonight.
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Points Tunisia 3 1 2 0 5 3 2 5 Angola 3 1 2 0 4 2 2 5 Senegal 3 0 2 1 4 6 -2 2 South Africa 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 2
That means both Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye will be returning home from Ghana, and it remains to be seen to they will be fit enough to start the game against Middlesbrough, at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
Certainly we wouldn’t be surprised if they are flown home in a private jet to speed their recovery but we don’t know if the club are flying them home by private jet, though this would seem to make sense in the circumstances.
Faye started the game tonight but Beye was only a substitute.
Cameroon (Geremi) and Nigeria (Martins) have both qualified for the quarter-finals to be played next Sunday and Monday as follows:
Sunday, 03 February 2008 Ghana v Nigeria
Monday, 04 February 2008 Tunisia v Cameroon