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Angola's hopes still alive

World Cup finalists Angola cling to a slim lifeline in their African Nations Cup match against Togo on Sunday.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 11:29 IST
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World Cup finalists Angola cling to a slim lifeline in their African Nations Cup match against Togo on Sunday.

Although Togo are already eliminated from the competition, Angola are left with a remote chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Angola have to beat Togo and hope that Cameroon win against the Democratic Republic of Congo in the other Group B match with a swing in goal difference also important.

Both Group B games are being played simultaneously in Cairo and Angola and Togo's clash is likely to be played before a near-empty Military stadium in the Egyptian capital.

Angola's coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves said he still hoped for an unlikely turnabout in the group standings but added: "Ultimately, it will not all be in our own hands. It has been eight years since we were last at the Nations Cup and it has been a learning experience too," he said.

While Togo might view the result as academic, the outcome could decide the future of their coach Stephen Keshi whose chances of taking the side to the World Cup are in doubt after the defeats by Cameroon and the Congolese.

Added to the disappointing results for the side has been the furore of his bust-up with striker Emmanuel Adebayor, due to join up with his new club Arsenal next week after Togo depart the tournament on Monday.

While the matter has been laid to rest, according to Togo's football federation website, the fall out is likely to have been more harmful to the coach than his leading player.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 11:29 IST