BBC Sport – Afcon 2015: Mali and Guinea managers criticise drawing of lots


The Mali and Guinea managers insist

the drawing of lots

should not be how their Africa Cup of Nations fate is decided.

A draw on Thursday afternoon will decide which side reaches the quarter-finals after they finished joint second with identical records in Group D.

“We have to solve the problems of qualification without a drawing of lots,” said Mali boss Henri Kasperczak.

Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer said: “Mali do not deserve to be eliminated in this way, just as we do not.”

The Frenchman added: “Mali didn’t lose a game – they played very well in the tournament. I would be disappointed, but it’s hard for any team. No-one deserves to be eliminated.”

Guinea winger Ibrahima Traore echoed his manager’s thoughts after the two sides drew 1-1 in their final group match.

Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer

Coach Michel Dussuyer is in his second spell in charge of Guinea

“It’s not fair for both teams – I don’t make the rules but we could do it on penalty kicks or extra time,” he said.

“The team who deserve to win would do it on the pitch. Not like Thursday.

“We and Mali will be really anxious because we don’t know if we go home or stay and it’s not up to us. It’ll be really difficult to sleep – it’s not a good situation.”

Lots were originally scheduled to be drawn, if required, at the post-match news conferences but it was announced during the first half that the draw had been moved to Thursday.

The first such drawing of lots in the tournament since 1988, will now take place at a hotel in Malabo at 15:00 GMT, with the successful team playing their quarter-final against Ghana on Sunday afternoon.

Mali’s Kasperczak added: “You have to respect the rules, we have no choice. We are going to be nervous, Guinea also.

“We must find a more sporting way, fairer. This does not correspond to a sporting spirit.”

Lots have been drawn before

In a 1954 World Cup qualifying match in Rome, Turkey and Spain were tied after 90 minutes. At that point, a 14-year-old boy, the son of a stadium employee, was summoned to draw lots from a trophy, sending Turkey to compete at the tournament in Switzerland while Spain were sent home. Some reports suggest balls were drawn, others say it was a slip of paper

In the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations, Algeria profited at the expense of Ivory Coast after the drawing of lots

At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland were tied for second place in their group. Straight after the match, Sepp Blatter, then second-in-command at Fifa, conducted a drawing of lots ceremony live on TV in Rome. Both teams were guaranteed qualification for round two but an attendant drew a ball from two bowls to determine their ranking, and thus their second-round opponent


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