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Africa Cup of Nations 2013 TV Schedule: Day 10 Live Stream Info and Predictions

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 24:  Deogracias Kanda (L) and Dieudonne Mbokani Bezua of DR Congo in action against Mohamed Chicoto of Niger during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Niger and DR Congo at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on January 24, 2013 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

It all comes down to this.

On Monday, plenty will be at stake for Group B teams trying to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana has the best shot to advance—the Black Stars may move on even if they lose—facing a Niger team that is at the bottom of the group and may not advance even with a win.

Meanwhile, for Mali and DR Congo it is pretty simple—win and move on. Actually, for Mali it's even simpler than that, but we'll get into that below.

Nothing is better than a final day in a group when all four teams have something at stake. Buckle in, folks—Monday in Group B promises to be a wild ride.

 

Schedule


Teams Time Streaming
Niger vs. Ghana 11:50 a.m. ET ESPN3
Congo DR vs. Mali 11:50 a.m. ET  ESPN3 

 

Current Table


Team Points
Ghana 4
Mali 3
DR Congo 2
Niger  1

 

What's At Stake?

For Ghana, a win guarantees that the team will finish atop the group, while a draw will send them into the knockout stage. (Technically, a one-goal loss to Niger and a Mali and DR Congo draw would also see them through to the next round.)

For either Mali or DR Congo, a win will guarantee they move on to the knockout stage, while a tie will send Mali into the next round.

If Niger wins, things get tricky. Essentially, the best scenario for Niger is to win and hope that Mali and DR Congo do not draw. If Mali and DR Congo do draw, Niger must either score or win by two goals to advance.

Phew. Got all that?

 

Predictions

It's hard to imagine Ghana failing to earn at least a tie against Niger. The Black Stars are the most talented team in this group, and I think they'll go out in style, winning the game 2-1.

Meanwhile, needing to play only for a draw will benefit Mali. The Eagles will be tested by DR Congo, but in the end I think they'll hold on to a 1-1 draw, advancing to the knockout phase.

 

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