After failing to win any of their matches so far at the Nations Cup, Nigeria now needs to beat Ethiopia in her final game on Tuesday if they are to retain any interest in the tournament.
Below are some of the permutations on ground:
A) If Nigeria beats Ethiopia and Burkina Faso draws with Zambia then Nigeria and Burkina Faso qualify.
B) If Zambia beats Burkina Faso and Nigeria wins its match against Ethiopia then Nigeria and Zambia qualify.
C) If Ethiopia beats Nigeria and Burkina Faso and Zambia play draw both teams go through.
D) If Zambia and Burkina Faso play draw and Ethiopia also plays draw with Nigeria, Burkina Faso will top the group while the number of goals scored will break the tie between Nigeria and Zambia. And if it still remains even, the Fair Play rule first, then drawing of lot will decide the other qualifier!
Article 72: In case of equality of points between two or more teams, at the conclusion of the group matches, the ranking of the teams shall be established according to the following criteria:72.1. Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the teams in question;72.2. The best goal difference in the matches between the teams in question;72.3. Greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;72.4. Goal difference in all group matches;72.5. Greatest number of goals scored in all the group matches;72.6. Fair Play points system taking into account the number of yellow and red cards;72.7. Drawing of lots by CAF Organising Committee.