Africa-Press – Angola. The teams from Morocco and Tanzania, African debutants in the competition, managed to qualify for the round of 16, by being in the “ranking” of the third best classified in the group stage of the XVII edition of the World Cup, which began to be played on the 30th of September and ended last Monday, with the involvement of 24 national teams at the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) grounds, in the district of Beykov, in the north of the province of Istanbul.
Morocco occupied third place in Group D and Tanzania in E. Colombia, from Group B, and England (C) were the other third best in the preliminary stage of the competition, in which the teams were divided into six groups of four each. The first two in the series plus the four best third parties qualified for the round of 16.
The opening match of the sporting event, between Turkey and France (3-0) was played on September 30, at Fenerbahçe Stadium, in the city of Istanbul, in a game referring to the first round of the A series.
The Angolan José Candeeiro, from Misto do Huambo, was the top scorer of the first stage of the competition, with five goals scored.
Angola had the best attack and the least beaten defense of the first phase of the championship, with 15 goals scored and one scored, in a stage where 123 were signed.
Despite the number of goals scored, the Angolans were quite wasteful in the three matches of the group stage, due to some lack of effectiveness in the offensive sector.
Liberia and Ireland compete for positions
The Liberian team, African vice-champion, faces today, at 10:00 am, the similar one from Ireland, at the TFF grounds, in the village of Riva, in a game counting for the qualifiers from 17th to 20th position of the XVII edition of the football for amputees, which has been played since September 30, in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.
On Wednesday, Liberia, one of the African teams in the World Cup, sweated hard to beat Spain, 2-1, in field number 1B, in the village of Riva.
The African team, which was third in Group A with three points, won 4-0 against France and lost to Haiti (1-4) and Turkey (0-5).
Liberia were the fifth-best third-placed team in the group stage with three points and failed to qualify for the round of 16.
Ireland needed penalty kicks to beat Uruguay, 4-3, in field 3 B. In regular time, these teams were tied to a goal.
Following the competition, Iraq faces France, at 10:00 am, at the same venue as the TFF.
For their part, the Iraqis thrashed the Germans by 4-0, in field number 2B, in Riva, in a match between the 17th and 24th positions, while the French sweated hard to defeat Indonesia, 1-0, in the number 3A.
This morning, at the TFF premises, the Germany team plays, at 10:00 am, against the similar team from Indonesia. In the same venue, Uruguay faces Spain. Both matches are qualifiers for 21st to 24th places. The winners will face each other, on Sunday, to define the 21st and 23rd positions.