Africa 2014 World Cup Qualifying Round-Up

Cameroon, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Senegal claim tickets to join Egypt, Algeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria to third round qualifying

Egypt 4-2 Guinea

Egypt defeated Guinea 4-2 on Tuesday in El Gouna in Group G last game of the 2014 World Cup qualifying to finish with 18 points and the only team to have won all the group matches.

Already qualified to the knockout stage coming into this game, the Pharaohs committed a blunder early in the meeting when El Abd scored an own goal to gift the Syli National a lead in the 4th minute.

Hossam Ghaly equalised in the 38th minute, while Aboutreika put the host side ahead at 2-1 through a penalty in the 51st minute that saw the expulsion of Guinea’s defender and captain Kamil Zayatte.

However, the West Africans fought back to level up at 2-2 through a strike from Seydouba Soumah just before the hour mark, but would suffer further havoc when the competition’s top scorer Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Zaki netted one each to seal it at 4-2.

Togo 2-1 DR Congo

Togo defeated DR Congo 2-1 on Sunday in Lome to record their first win in the campaign this far. Atakora Lalawele and Backer Aloenouvo scored for the Sparrow Hawks while Patou Ebunga pulled one back for the Leopards, as both teams bow out of the campaign.

Benin 2-0 Rwanda

Benin crushed Rwanda 2-0 at home on Sunday in Cotonou to wrap up their World Cup campaign, although both sides had been knocked of the race. Mickael Pote and Bello Babatunde scored for the Squirrels in the 36th and 53rd minutes respectively.

Zimbabwe 1-1 Mozambique

With nothing at stake in the campaign, both sides fought it out at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Sunday, with Masimba Mambare putting Zimbabwe ahead after 41 minutes and Maninho answering for Mozambique in the 70th minute.

Cameroon 1-0 Libya

Cameroon claimed their ticket to the third round World Cup qualifying on Sunday in Yaounde following their 1-0 win over Libya, which sealed their lead in Group I with 13 points. Aurelien Chedjou’s 42nd minute strike was enough for the Indomitable Lions to edge the Mediterranean Knights who had been hot on their heels by one point coming into this match.

Tunisia 0-2 Cape Verde

The shock of the evening came from Rades, where leaders of Group B Tunisia were hosting Cape Verde and needed just a draw to reach the next round. However, the Blue Sharks stunned Nabil Maaloul’s men with a 28th minute opener from Platini before claiming a double in the 42nd minute through Heldon. The Eagles of Carthage sought in vain to overturn the deficit until the final whistle, ceding the group’s berth to Cape Verde on 12 points.

Senegal 1-0 Uganda

Hosting Uganda far away from home in Marrakesh, Senegal did just what was necessary to conserve their lead in Group J and progress to the knockout phase by humbling the Cranes 1-0. Uganda’s Godfrey Walusimbi was shown a red card while the Teranga Lions’ goal came through Sadio Mane in the 83rd minute.

Burkina Faso 1-0 Gabon

Burkina Faso were second in Group E coming into this game but their eventual 1-0 win over Gabon on Saturday in Ouagadougou toppled leaders Congo, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Niger in Niamey. Prejuce Nakoulma handed the Stallions the winner in the 54th minute to book their place in the knockout stage of the qualifying.

Niger 2-2 Congo

With nothing at stake for Niger, observers felt Congo would have a free ride in Niamey and consolidate their lead in Group E to reach the next round of the qualifying. However, the Mena compounded issues for the Red Devils when they opened the scoring through Mahamane Cisse after 34 minutes.

Fabrice N’guessi levelled for the visitors by the hour mark to keep hopes alive but Niger retook the lead when Kamilou Doauda struck in the 70th minute. Congo needed a win to stay atop the group but Ulrich Kapolongo’s equaliser in the last quarter was just short of that.

Sierra Leone 3-2 Equatorial Guinea

Both teams had been knocked out of the race coming into this encounter. However, Sierra Leone had wanted to wrap up their campaign with a sweet victory before home fans at the National Stadium in Freetown. The Leone Stars met a determined side as well but quickly punched in three goals through Bangura (21st), Kargbo, on penalty (38th) and Kamara (70th).

The visitors recovered from the shock late into the meeting and struck back with two goals in the 87th and 89th minutes.

Angola 4-1 Liberia

In Group J where nothing is at stake for the two bottom placed teams, Angola crushed Liberia 4-1 at home in Lubango on Saturday to record their first win in the campaign so far. Both sides ended the reverse fixture in a goalless draw in June 2012. The Palancas Negras goals came through Guedes (11th), Mabululu (49th), Guilherme Afonso (60th) and Abdul (63rd), while Liberia’s was scored by Macaulay 10 minutes to fulltime.

C.A.R 1-2 Ethiopia

Ethiopia have qualified to the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying after defeating Central African Republic in away fixture on Saturday at the Alphonse Massemba-Debat in Brazzaville, Congo, where the match was moved to following political instability in C.A.R.

Salif Keita opened the scoring for the Fauves after 23 minutes and kept the visitors toiling for an equaliser all through the first half, even though nothing was at stake for the home side, who had crashed out of the campaign. Ahmed Saladin pulled level for Ethiopia three minutes after the break before Menyahel Teshome sealed their 2-1 victory by the hour mark.