A number of African countries are surprisingly leading their groups in qualification for the Brazil showpiece, and Goal.com pinpoints the players who were key for their teamsBy Kent Mensah
African sides were busy with their World Cup 2014 qualification campaigns last weekend and despite some let-downs, a handful of players can be singled out for their immense contributions that led their respective national teams to victory.
Goal.com places the spotlight on five African players, whose sterling performances kept their countries on the right passage towards Brazil 2014.
|5. RAZAK OMOTOYOSSI (Rwanda 1-1 Benin)
He found the net once again in their second fixture against the Amavubi, although their lead was nullified through a penalty courtesy of Labama Bokota. Omotoyossi, a well travelled footballer, is a striker whose experience can help the Squirrels make an impact in their qualification campaign.
|4. AHMED ZUWAY (Libya 2-1 Cameroon)
The 29-year-old scored in both games to help them in earn those four crucial points in a section that contains DR Congo, Cameroon and Togo.
The Club Athletique Bizertin striker is also in contention for the top-scorer prize in the qualifiers, as he is only a goal shy of leading marksman Saladin Said, who has amassed three strikes after the two matches.
|3. MOHAMED SALAH (Guinea 2-3 Egypt)
Salah was instrumental at Under-23 level, where he helped the team qualify for the All Africa and Olympic Games, and continuing the same vein of form at the senior level has become an advantage to coach Bob Bradley.
|2. CHRISTOPHER KATONGO (Zambia 1-0 Ghana)
The captain scored the only goal of the match and was physically present in every department when helping the team consolidate their solitary lead. Zambia are still only third in the standings, but Katongo’s effort has placed them in a better position to make a recovery.
|1. SALIN SAID (Ethiopia 2-0 CAR)
Ethiopia have never qualified for the global football fiesta before and starting off on a positive note comes as a great relief and surprise to local fans. The Wadi Degla striker has lifted some of the burden on his side as they prepare for their next World Cup qualifying game in March 2013 against Botswana.