Feature: Seeding made nonsense in new world cup qualification format

Published on: 31 July 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

I wonder the use of seeding crack teams in this new 2014 World Cup qualification format.

For those who are already rejoicing that Ghana has a very cheap group to maneuver in round two of the qualification series, they should hold on and chew on this first.

Fact is Ghana has a fairly easy group in round 2 with the likes of Zambia, Sudan and Lesotho or Burundi in contention but the same cannot be said in the final round assuming Ghana makes it that far – which I can convincingly say is a done deal.

The Black Stars will then be paired with either Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria or Burkina Faso to play on a home-and-away basis to ultimately qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

This I however must say, is a likely assumption since the nine others are the top seeds for round 2 and are more fancied to make it through, though there is room for surprises.

So what is the use of seeding the teams at the preliminary stage only for them to meet at a crucial point where the stakes are even higher?

Feature: Seeding made nonsense in new world cup qualification format
Just imagine a scenario where Ghana makes it to the threshold of qualification only to be disappointed by a crack Burkina Faso side who by the way have given the Black Stars tough times in the past.

But again one would argue, if you prepare well and do whatever is necessary to assure your team of success, you shouldn’t fear the opponent. But one should also be informed that in the game of football, there are no guarantees.

It is always better to thread the line of caution by avoiding the big fishes to helping your course for the ultimate. But then if we say we are men enough…, then here we go.

Comments

  • RAS NICK
    says: 8 years ago
    if only 9ja then there will be no training 4da BLACKSTAR OF AFRICA.they,ll be given a short rest.A.gyan can go on musical tour.9ja is koko,hahahaha,make u go shine ur eye orga.
  • Kofi Africa
    says: 8 years ago
    Speak English mate i don't even know what u said.
  • Kofi Africa
    says: 8 years ago
    Marion Nigeria got no chance of defeating Ghana again and other top African teams i guarantee u that Niaja well be in pot2 or 3 just like France and every African team know that Nigeria is the worst team and a disgrace to Africa.
  • Kofi Africa
    says: 8 years ago
    Look i know Ghana well overcome there opponent and qualify because where still the hope of Africa alongside with Cameroon , Egypt, Senegal,and Ivory Coast.Its a good thing were not rank 1st in Africa we can fight for it to be top again.
  • LIKE Ignatius
    says: 8 years ago
    I careless which country Ghana is drawn against in Africa and I don't even care if Brazil is our ultimate opponent for qualification but what I so much love to know is, how are our authorities preparing the Black Stars for the qualifiers? Are we going to sit down refusing "to make hey whiles the sun shine" or we'll wait to do our usual "CALCULATIONS?" let's use our brains well.
  • NIFEMI
    says: 8 years ago
    ...IF NIGERIA MEETS GHANA EVENTUALLY...it's goin to be a national tragedy for ghana...pity u guys...as for us,we ae even prayin we meet u ghanians & it shld b a one leged match there in kumasi, we don't even need any second leg to make ghanians weep...THAT MEANS THE WHOLE GHANIANS WON'T WATCH THE TOURNAMENT COS HOW WIL U B INTERESTED IN A TOURNAMENT U DIDN'T EVEN QUALIFY FOR...
  • tibay
    says: 8 years ago
    I have no problem with the seeding or the style adopted by FIFA this time. The seeding is ok. It will ensure that only the strong go through and if the strong meet eachother at the next stage then the best, seriouse and determined will be representn mother Africa.
  • JNR
    says: 8 years ago
    Funny you telling someone to speak english and yet you make silly mistakes in writing one. It's "WILL" not "well", "THEIR" not "there", "WE'RE" not "where" #justsaying#
  • Philip Appiah
    says: 8 years ago
    ok how about this.. if we qualify through these stages then we are going to meet the brazils, argentines, Germans and the spaniads right... I dont think soccer nowadays has alot of push overs. Lets get our heads in the game and do our best. Surprises can come from anywhere. who tot Ghana could beat the world number 2 soccer team.. but we did.. who tot senegal could beat the world champions then.. but it happened... who tot Nigeria could come back from 3 down to win the olympic in 1996. lets pray for strength. Ghana all the way...
  • Johnny-K
    says: 8 years ago
    It is so obvious Nigeria is already dreading the prospect of a Ghana-Nigeria knockout series. LOL!!! Just keep praying hard and you might get Cote d'Ivoire instead---from frying pan to fire. LMAO!!!!
  • dubois
    says: 8 years ago
    Look guy this is only going to make us stronger embrace the challenges Fear is the thief of victory confidence is the charisma that wil bestow the victory Let the other countries talk their trash, we will bring our game,end of discussion!
  • Kwame
    says: 8 years ago
    this article is nonsense they'll surely hold another draw for the next round to get the best teams at the finals
  • Kofi Africa
    says: 8 years ago
    Look JNR i don't even care what u say
  • PERCY
    says: 8 years ago
    GHANASOCCERNET THIS HOW ITS BEEN ALL THESE YEARS. YOU MEET THE TOP TEAMS BEFORE YOU QUALIFY. OUR FIRT WORLD CUP APPEARANCE, WE QUALIFIED AT THE EXPENCE OF S.A WHO BY THEN WAS A TOP CLASS AFRICAN TEAM.
  • redd
    says: 8 years ago
    My dear author,out of the top 10 teams from the 2nd round i believe 5 will be seeded again depending on their ranking at that time.so i dont think FIFA will be so unwise to pair say CIV-Ghana,Nigeria-Cameroon etc.However we are likely to see say Ghana-Senegal,Egypt-Tunisia,Nigeria-SA,Cameroon-Bfaso.
  • musah fifa
    says: 8 years ago
    then why do you comment on somebody's English?
  • RAS NICK
    says: 8 years ago
    kofi Africa?start again from the scrach,u got shit 4 brain.
  • JNR
    says: 8 years ago
    Very good question musah fifa but i bet he wouldn't respond to you about that.
  • diggy
    says: 8 years ago
    ghana face uruguay again in germany,5ht or 6th august 2011
  • Bob Cedis
    says: 8 years ago
    Whether the So Called Super Eagles Like it Or Yes We are Going to Qualify At their Expense If we meet them in the Next Round So No Body Should Shiver Or Panic Because it Will Be Cool Chop for the Black Star I Arrest My Case.
  • 21 guns
    says: 8 years ago
    i wish we meet nigeria on our way to brazil to send them back to abuja again to eat eba ,, ghana alll the way
  • Blow
    says: 8 years ago
    It doesn't matter who we meet; what matters is how well prepared we are. Nyantekyi must sit up and comb the planet for young and hungrier players for the stars.
  • mojahadine
    says: 8 years ago
    Marion, The super Chickens will be turned to super chicks, the whole country will be in tears for not qualifying this time. USA
  • mojahadine
    says: 8 years ago
    Ras, are you educated? you are a typical nigerian. Please, Please, read some books to polish your english. This is really bad. USA
  • Nana (RSA)
    says: 8 years ago
    I've been monitoring recently how our site is being used by Nigerians to vent their frustration, anger and animosity accumulated from their recent defeat towards Ghanaians. As a retribution, we are also busy insulting them, not long they will slowly but surely make us be like them. My people, why can't we ignore them insteading of turning this forum into a battle field. It takes two to fight, so how about if we fail to comment on their insulting views? Let them insult us while we do the talking on the field.
  • fell
    says: 8 years ago
    who says 9ja is going to make it over S/A. the super chicks will not make it past the first round. mark ma words.
  • Abuja, NIGERIA.
    says: 8 years ago
    August 9 Nigeria will defeat Ghana in the friendly match slated for London. Mark my words. Your gay president, Atta Mills will shed tears. Ghana is a land of Sodom-a cursed nation. That is why you could allow a gay to be your president. Anyway, I see not how you will qualify in your group because Sudan, your master will stop you from going to world cup in 2014. str_repeat('*',strlen('Fuck')) Ghana!
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    says: 7 years ago
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