World Cup qualifiers – state of play in Africa | World Soccer

Africa’s World Cup qualifying stage reaches its climax with traditional big guns Nigeria, Senegal and even Cameroon all at risk of failing to qualify for next year’s finals.

Altogether, four teams who have never been to the World Cup are on the verge of qualifying. Among them are Angola, who need only to beat Rwanda in Kigali to put out Nigeria.

Nigeria have qualified for every World Cup since 1994 but they must rely on the Angolans to slip up against Rwanda, slipping up. Zimbabwe, who have also never previously qualified, have a slim chance of overcoming both sides.

Ghana and Togo need to avoid defeat in relatively easy away ties to Cape Verde and Congo respectively, to qualify for the first time. A draw for Togo will eliminate Senegal who reached the quarter-finals four years ago.

In Group 3, Cameroon will go to a fifth successive World Cup if they at least match Ivory Coast’s result away to Sudan.

Group Five sees Tunisia host Morocco with the visitors requiring a win.

Group One
Senegal v Mali
Congo-Braz v Togo

Group Two
Cape Verde v Ghana
S. Africa v Congo-Kinshasa
Uganda v Burkina Faso

Group Three
Sudan v Ivory Coast
Benin v Libya
Cameroon v Egypt

Group Four
Gabon v Algeria
Nigeria v Zimbabwe
Rwanda v Angola

Group Five
Botswana v Guinea
Malawi v Kenya
Tunisia v Morocco


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