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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old March 30th, 2015, 23:31 Thread Starter
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CAF Qualifying [Third Round: Dates TBD]

The draw for the first round takes place in July 2015 to determine the matchups for the lowest-ranked teams in the confederation.

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CAF First Round
Somalia vs. Niger
South Sudan vs. Mauritania
Gambia vs. Namibia
Sao Tome e Principe vs. Ethiopia
Chad vs. Sierra Leone
Comoros vs. Lesotho
Djibouti vs. Swaziland
Eritrea vs. Botswana
Seychelles vs. Burundi
Liberia vs. Guinea-Bissau
Central African Republic vs. Madagascar
Mauritius vs. Kenya
Tanzania vs. Malawi

CAF Second Round
Somalia/Niger vs. Cameroon
South Sudan/Mauritania vs. Tunisia
Gambia/Namibia vs. Guinea
Sao Tome e Principe/Ethiopia vs. Congo
Chad/Sierra Leon vs. Egypt
Comoros/Lesotho vs. Ghana
Djibouti/Swaziland vs. Nigeria
Eritrea/Botswana vs. Mali
Seychelles/Burundi vs. Congo DR
Liberia/Guinea-Bissau vs. Ivory Coast
CAR/Madagascar vs. Senegal
Mauritius/Kenya vs. Cape Verde
Tanzania/Malawi vs. Algeria
Sudan vs. Zambia
Libya vs. Rwanda
Morocco vs. Equatorial Guinea
Mozambique vs. Gabon
Benin vs. Burkina Faso
Togo vs. Uganda
Angola vs. South Africa

Nothing that really stands out at this early point, Angola/South Africa is a fairly big matchup for this early in the qualifying, two teams who frequently play in the AFCON. Morocco got a fairly manageable draw considering how much their ranking took a hit due all the suspensions placed on them
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Didn't Equatorial Guinea rise above Serbia in the FIFA Wankings?
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isn't Sao Tome like the Andorra of Africa? Though I'm certain Ethiopia will overturn the deficit at home
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The big surprise in African qualifying was Comoros, ranked 190th in the world eliminating Lesotho. If wiki is the be believed Comoros only have four wins in their entire history. Sierra Leone also miss out on away goals to Chad

Swaziland-Djibouti was postponed for a later date, should be played tomorrow
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Already a couple big teams in some minor problems in the second round, however each of them have the return leg at home and you expect them to advance. Great result for South Africa

Mozambique - Gabon 1:0
Sudan - Zambia 0:1
Burundi - DR Congo 2:3
Namibia - Guinea 0:1
Benin - Burkina Faso 2:1
Togo - Uganda 0:1
Morocco - Eq. Guinea 2:0
Madagascar - Senegal 2:2
Comoros - Ghana 0:0
Kenya - Cape Verde 1:0
Libya - Rwanda 1:0
Angola - South Africa 1:3
Niger - Cameroon 0:3
Liberia - Ivory Coast 0:1
Mauritania - Tunisia 1:2
Swaziland - Nigeria 0:0

Senegal had to come from two goals down in the 2nd half to just tie Madagascar but the away goals will help them. Both Nigeria and Ghana held to scoreless draws away from home and must win at home

Tomorrow four other matches of the first leg will be played while Gabon-Mozambique will be the first two-leg tie to be completed
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Awful display by Algeria in Tanzania so far, down two goals and could have been more had Tanzania showed more composure.
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vital away goal by Algeria, came from nothing too but fantastic finish by Slimani on the volley. Maybe a slight hint of offside though. Kills the momentum of Tanzania as well

edit: Algeria immediately equalize, Slimani again clean through on goal after a fantastic counter. All the good work by Tanzania goes to waste
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Gabon were the first team to the next phase after beating Mozambique on penalty kicks. Uganda, Zambia, DR Congo (in a thriller), Morocco and Guinea have also advanced to the group stage. The remainder of the teams will be known on Tuesday
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So no real upsets in the 2nd round, the likes of Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Mali and Cape Verde with tricky first leg results all managed to win easily at home. Only two unseeded teams progressed, Morocco over Eq. Guinea and Libya over Rwanda but neither I would call a major upset

The next stage is a group phase; five groups of four teams with the winners of those groups making Russia 2018. CAF/FIFA have not yet determined the date of the draw or which month's FIFA Rankings they will use. Here are the teams in the draw (alphabetical order)

Algeria
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Congo
DR Congo
Egypt
Ivory Coast
Gabon
Ghana
Guinea
Libya
Mali
Morocco
Nigeria
Senegal
South Africa
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
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No World Cup qualifying in Africa this month but they had their AFCON qualifying and the big loser in terms of seeding was Cape Verde, who lost twice to Morocco and hence will not be in Pot 1 for the upcoming draw, think Egypt will take their spot. Though the pots seem to be balanced, not officially released until the next FIFA rankings but the likes or Nigeria, Morocco, Cameroon will probably be in Pot 3
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The third round draw will be conducted tomorrow in Cairo, five groups of four teams of which only the group winners qualify for Russia 2018

There was a bit of drama with the seeding, with FIFA releasing a special ranking for African sides which were involved in AFCON qualifying matches played in early June with the big loser being Egypt, who would have been in Pot 1 prior to the special ranking but fell to Pot 2

POT 1: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia
POT 2: Cape Verde, Egypt, Congo DR, Nigeria, Mali
POT 3: Cameroon, Morocco, Guinea, South Africa, Congo
POT 4: Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon, Libya

Pot 1 seems fair, though you can argue Egypt over Tunisia, Cape Verde hurt their chances with a couple losses in AFCON qualifying. Pot 3 contains some dangerous teams like Cameroon and Morocco. Doubt any of the teams in Pot 4 can realistically challenge for a World Cup spot
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And once again the draw in CAF puts them in a situation where the strongest teams on paper might not even make Russia 2018, including one group where three of the participants in Brazil 2014 are in the same group. Some extremely tough groups, most of them balanced but a couple soft ones as well

A: Tunisia, Congo DR, Guinea, Libya
The group of life and pretty open group, good chance for all four teams to get to the World Cup with obviously Tunisia and DRC being the favorites. Tunisia haven't made a World Cup since 2006, DRC haven't since 1974 when they were Zaire. Doubt Guinea and Libya can compete in this group for top spot but they can play spoilers. Prior to the draw I thought Congo DR had a decent chance of making the WC, now with this group they can very much do it

B: Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia
Horror group for all involved, three of the participants in the last World Cup all here and a minimum of two will not return. Algeria on paper probably have the best squad in Africa but they will head into these qualifiers with a new manager. As usual with Nigeria and Cameroon its more off-the-field problems but if they get their shit together they can fight for first, especially Nigeria. Rough draw for Zambia, doubt they have any chance

C: Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Gabon
Another potentially tough group except CIV are probably heavy favorites but Mali, Gabon and especially Morocco are dangerous teams. Morocco is a potential darkhorse and they are now led by ex-CIV manager Herve Renard. Mali's 'golden generation' is either gone or older now but they can still sneak some results.

D: Senegal, Cape Verde, South Africa, Burkina Faso
Pretty balanced group with a good chance for all four to get to Russia 2018 however Burkina Faso and South Africa must show vast signs of improvement. It will be interesting to see if Cape Verde can keep up their good form while this is a good opportunity for Senegal which has good squad on paper but have failed to deliver at the last couple AFCONs

E: Ghana, Egypt, Congo, Uganda
Two horse race between Ghana and Egypt where dropping points to the other two could be fatal. Ghana and Egypt is a rematch of a 2013 playoff which Ghana easily won and I expect they are once again favorites but Egypt are improving since the political turmoil hurt their football teams
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Group A: Tunisia, Congo DR, Guinea, Libya
Clearly Tunisia (w/ Änis Ben-Hatira) is the favorite. Guinea (w/ Kévin Constant) could be a challenge.

B: Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia
This is madness... Anybody's game, with Algeria (w/ Riyad Mahrez), Nigeria (w/ John Obi Mikel) and Cameroon (w/ Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting) possibly outperform Zambia (w/ Emmanuel Mayuka).

C: Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Gabon
Ivory Coast (w/ Wilfried Bony) will qualify. Gabon (w/ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) could be a potential disruption.

D: Senegal, Cape Verde, South Africa, Burkina Faso
Senegal (w/ Sadio Mané) will qualify. South Africa is still on regeneration phase.

E: Ghana, Egypt, Congo, Uganda
Ghana (w/ André Ayew) will qualify. Egypt is still on regeneration phase.

In the end, I support new teams to qualify for Russia 2018, not the normal candidates.
Maybe Guinea, Zambia, Gabon, Burkina Faso and Congo would be great for a change.
Imagine Aubameyang and Mayuka at their peak performance wreaking havoc in Russia.

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Watched quite a few of these games, Senegal were very impressive as were the two winners of Group A but in fairness not sure how much quality their opponents had. Nigeria with an impressive victory in Zambia which puts them top of the 'group of death' after Algeria and Cameroon drew. The biggest surprise was Ghana being held at home by Uganda, and a good chance for Egypt to bury them in November

A: Two easy home wins for DR Congo and Tunisia but both travel away from home on the next matchday. Tunisia will play a neutral venue site game against Libya who will have a new manager while DR Congo go to Guinea which is the trickier test

B: Big winners of the day is Nigeria who beat Zambia 2:1 but had to hold on for dear life in the last 15-20 minutes. Algeria and Cameroon played a 1:1 draw with the Cameroonians obviously being the happier of the two sides, Algeria were slightly disappointing. Nigeria-Algeria and Cameroon-Zambia in November

C: Ivory Coast fell behind but managed to beat Mali 3:1 while Gabon-Morocco finished goalless in Franceville. The big matchup next round is Ivory Coast visiting Morocco, early chance for Ivory Coast to bury their probably direct rivals. Mali host Gabon too

D: Senegal were impressive in their 2:0 win over Cape Verde who seem to be on a slight decline following a couple of good years. Burkina Faso rescued a point late at home to South Africa. Next round: South Africa-Senegal & Cape Verde-Burkina Faso

E: Ghana were unexpectedly held at home by Uganda but there was some controversy as an Ugandan player received two yellow cards but stayed on the pitch. Not sure if there’s much Ghana can do about this. Egypt had to come from behind and beat Congo, deserved win. Egypt host Ghana in November which is a massive match, an Egypt victory would put them in the driver’s seat already
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South Africa given one of the worst penalty calls I've ever seen to give them 3 points vs Senegal:

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Ghana and Algeria already in huge trouble, unless they completely choke Egypt will finally return to the World Cup
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