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FIFA World Cup Qualifications (CAF Group J) Preview: Angola vs. Liberia

FIFA World Cup Qualifications (CAF Group J) Preview: Angola vs. Liberia

Angola

 

The second round for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifications (CAF) continues. Group J members Angola (Sable Antelopes) and Liberia (Lone Stars) will make their second meeting on September 7 at the Tundavala National Stadium in Lubango. As seen in their last duel at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on June last year, home side Liberia failed to outperform their opponents. The match, watched by more than 15,000 avid supporters, went on a draw 0-0.

 

Current standings place both teams at the bottom half of the table, with each scoring four points; Senegal, with a total score of nine points, lead the pack.  In order for one of them to overtake the current leaders, one should at least hurl six points. Angola have never won in any tourney, but they were able to post four draws and only one defeat out of five matches. Liberia have won once, delivered a draw once as well, but were defeated three times.

 

The Sable Antelopes’ greatest achievement to date is their qualification in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance on the finals. Lone Stars, meanwhile, are yet to make a presence in the high-profile event. As per FIFA rankings continent-wide, Angola is ranked at the 24th spot, which is four ranks higher than Liberia (28th).

 

Angola—with a home advantage and slightly more impressive records—may have the greater World Cup odds to win this battle over, although a draw is also a very strong possibility. Regardless, both sides are in dire need to stockpile a substantial volume of effort in order to seize sure placement in the Brazil finals next year.

 

 

Angola | Image source: fifa.com

 

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