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2010 World Cup - African Qualifying

Here's the scores of the first round of matches of the African Qualifying for World Cup 2010 played on the 31 May/1 June weekend:


Group 1
Cameroon 2-0 Cape Verde
Tanzania 1-1 Mauritius


1 Cameroon ..3P
2 Mauritius ....1P
2 Tanzania .....1P
4 Cape Verde ...0P


Group 2
Namibia 2-1 Kenya
Guinea 0-0 Zimbabwe


1 Namibia ......3P
2 Zimbabwe ...1P
2 Guinea ........1P
4 Kenya .........0P


Group 3
Uganda 1-0 Niger
Angola 3-0 Benin


1 Angola ....3P
2 Uganda ....3P
3 Niger .........0P
4 Benin .........0P


Group 4
Equatorial Guinea 2-0 Sierra Leone
Nigeria 2-0 South Africa


1 Nigeria ...............3P
1 Equatorial Guinea ..3P
3 South Africa .........0P
3 Sierra Leone ..........0P


Group 5
Gabon - Lesotho (Postponed)
Ghana 3-0 Libya

1 Ghana .........3P
2 Libya .........0P
3 Lesotho .....-
3 Gabon .....-


Group 6
Senegal 1-0 Algeria
Liberia 1-1 Gambia


1 Senegal .....3P
2 Gambia .....1P
2 Liberia .....1P
4 Algeria ....0P


Group 7
Botswana 0-0 Madagascar
Côte d'Ivoire 1-0 Mozambique


1 Côte d'Ivoire ....3P
2 Madagascar ....1P
2 Botswana ......1P
4 Mozambique ..0P


Group 8
Rwanda 3-0 Mauritania
Morocco 3-0 Ethiopia


1 Rwanda ........3P
1 Morocco .......3P
3 Ethiopia ........0P
3 Mauritania .....0P


Group 9
Burundi 0-0 Seychelles
Tunisia 1-2 Burkina Faso


1 Burkina Faso ....3P
2 Seychelles ......1P
2 Burundi ..........1P
4 Tunisia ..........0P


Group 10
Sudan - Chad (Postponed)
Mali 4-1 Congo

1 Mali .......3P
2 Congo .....0P
3 Chad ........-
3 Sudan .......-


Group 11
Togo 1-0 Zambia


1 Togo .......3P
2 Zambia .....0P
3 Swaziland ...-


Group 12
Malawi 8-1 Djibouti
Egypt 2-1 DR Congo


1 Malawi ......3P
2 Egypt ........3P
3 DR Congo ....0P
4 Djibouti ........0P

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Here's the scores of the 2nd round of matches of the African Qualifying for World Cup 2010 played on the 6-8 June weekend:

Group 1
Cape Verde 1-0 Tanzania
Mauritius 0-3 Cameroon


1 Cameroon ....6P
2 Cape Verde ...3P
4 Tanzania .......1P
3 Mauritius ........1P


Group 2
Kenya 2-0 Guinea
Zimbabwe 1-0 Namibia


1 Zimbabwe ...4P
2 Kenya .........3P
3 Namibia ........3P
4 Guinea ..........1P


Group 3
Benin 4-1 Uganda
Niger 1-2 Angola


1 Angola ....6P
2 Benin .......3P
3 Uganda .....3P
4 Niger .........0P


Group 4
South Africa 4-1 Equatorial Guinea
Sierra Leone 0-1 Nigeria


1 Nigeria ...............6P
2 South Africa .........3P
3 Equatorial Guinea ....3P
4 Sierra Leone ...........0P


Group 5
Libya 1-0 Gabon
Lesotho 2-3 Ghana


1 Ghana .........6P
2 Libya .........3P
3 Lesotho ....0P (1 game less)
4 Gabon ....0P (1 games less)


Group 6
Algeria 3-0 Liberia
Gambia 0-0 Senegal


1 Senegal ....4P
2 Algeria .......3P
3 Gambia ........2P
4 Liberia ..........1P


Group 7
Madagascar 0-0 Côte d'Ivoire
Mozambique 1-2 Botswana


1 Botswana ......4P
2 Côte d'Ivoire ...4P
3 Madagascar .....2P
4 Mozambique ......0P


Group 8
Mauritania 1-4 Morocco
Ethiopia 1-2 Rwanda


1 Morocco .......6P
2 Rwanda ........6P
3 Ethiopia ........0P
4 Mauritania .....0P


Group 9
Seychelles 0-2 Tunisia
Burkina Faso 2-0 Burundi


1 Burkina Faso ....6P
2 Tunisia ............3P
3 Burundi ............1P
4 Seychelles ........1P


Group 10
Chad 1-2 Mali
Congo 1-0 Sudan


1 Mali .......6P
2 Congo .....3P
3 Chad ........0P (1 game less)
3 Sudan .......0P (1 game less)


Group 11
Swaziland 2-1 Togo


1 Swaziland ...3P (1 game less)
2 Togo ..........3P
3 Zambia ........0P (1 game less)


Group 12
Djibouti 0-4 Egypt
DR Congo 1-0 Malawi


1 Egypt ........6P
2 Malawi ........3P
3 DR Congo .....3P
4 Djibouti .........0P

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African heavyweights suffer shock defeats
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JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Reuters) - Africa’s heavyweights suffered surprise defeats in World Cup qualifiers on Saturday with Angola, Egypt, Ghana and Morocco all beaten in their group matches.

Cameroon and the Ivory Coast were also held by supposedly inferior opposition on a day of shock results.

African champions Egypt lost 1-0 in Malawi to a goal three minutes into stoppage time from substitute Chiukepo Msowoya, which set up a three-way tie at the head of the African zone Group 12 standings.

Roguy Mere and Stephane Nguema were the scorers as Gabon won their first points in Group Five with a 2-0 win over Ghana while Uganda romped to a 3-1 win over Angola in Kampala.

Eugene Ssepuya, Andy Mwesigwa and Dan Wagaluka scored for the Ugandans while substitute Mantorras got a late consolation goal for the 2006 World Cup finalists.


Rwanda’s 3-1 win over Morocco put them top of Group Eight with a 100 percent record, a feat matched by Burkina Faso whose beat the Seychelles 3-2 away in Victoria.

A hat-trick from Moumouni Dagano ensured a come-from-behind win for the Burkinabe, who now have a comfortable lead in Group Nine.

The Ivorians had to come from a goal down to draw 1-1 away in Botswana, their second successive away draw in a stuttering start to their qualifying campaign.

Cameroon failed to score against Tanzania in a goalless draw in Dar-es-Salaam but remain at the head of the Group One standings.

Sierra Leone won their first points of the campaign as they beat 2010 hosts South Africa 1-0 with a first half penalty from captain Mohamed Kallon. South Africa are participating in the preliminaries because they also serve to determine the finalists for the 2010 African Nations Cup tournament.

A penalty gave Gambia a 1-0 win over Algeria in Banjul, converted in the 18th minute by Mustapha Jarjue

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Here's the scores of the 3rd and 4th round of matches of the African Qualifying for World Cup 2010 and the respective tables after half the games have been played:

Group 1
Tanzania 0-0 Cameroon
Mauritius 0-1 Cape Verde

Cameroon 2-1 Tanzania
Cape Verde 3-1 Mauritius

1 Cameroon ....4G 3W 1D 0L 7-1 10P
2 Cape Verde ...4G 3W 0D 1L 5-3 9P
3 Tanzania .......4G 0W 2D 2L 2-4 2P
4 Mauritius ........4G 0W 1D 3L 2-8 1P

Great run by Cape Verde.

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Group 2
Namibia 1-2 Guinea
Kenya 2-0 Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe 0-0 Kenya
Guinea 4-0 Namibia

1 Guinea .......4G 2W 1D 1L 6-3 7P
2 Kenya .........4G 2W 1D 1L 5-2 7P
3 Zimbabwe .....4G 1W 2D 1L 2-2 5P
4 Namibia .........4G 1W 0D 3L 3-9 3P

Too close to call in this group even if Guinea are slight favourites.

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Group 3
Uganda 3-1 Angola
Niger 0-2 Benin

Benin 2-0 Niger
Angola 0-0 Uganda

1 Benin ....4G 3W 0D 1L 8-4 9P
2 Angola ....4G 2W 1D 1L 6-4 7P
3 Uganda .....4G 2W 1D 1L 5-5 7P
4 Niger ..........4G 0W 0D 4L 1-7 0P

Surprising to see Benin doing so well and Angola disappointing.

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Group 4
Sierra Leone 1-0 South Africa
Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Nigeria

South Africa 0-0 Sierra Leone
Nigeria 2-0 Equatorial Guinea

1 Nigeria ..........4G 4W 0D 0L 6-0 12P
2 South Africa .....4G 1W 1D 2L 4-4 4P
3 Sierra Leone .......4G 1W 1D 2L 1-3 4P
4 Equatorial Guinea ...4G 1W 0D 3L 3-7 3P

Nigeria is the only team from all the 51 participating in the Africa WC2010 qualifiers that already qualified for the next stage.

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Group 5
Gabon 2-0 Ghana

Lesotho 0-1 Libya
Libya 4-0 Lesotho

Ghana 2-0 Gabon
Gabon 2-0 Lesotho

1 Ghana .......4G 3W 0D 1L 8-4 9P
2 Libya ..........4G 3W 0D 1L 6-3 9P
3 Gabon ..........4G 2W 0D 2L 4-3 6P
4 Lesotho .........4G 0W 0D 4L 2-10 0P

Good challenge by the Lybians against the Ghanaian favourites.

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Group 6
Gambia 1-0 Algeria
Liberia 2-2 Senegal

Algeria 1-0 Gambia
Senegal 3-1 Liberia

1 Senegal ......4G 2W 2D 0L 6-3 8P
2 Algeria .........4G 2W 0D 2L 4-2 6P
3 Gambia ..........4G 1W 2D 1L 2-2 5P
4 Liberia ............4G 0W 2D 2L 4-9 2P

No surprises here with Senegal and Algeria fulfilling the expectations.

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Group 7
Botswana 1-1 Côte d'Ivoire
Madagascar 1-1 Mozambique

Mozambique 3-0 Madagascar
Côte d'Ivoire 4-0 Botswana

1 Côte d'Ivoire ...4G 2W 2D 0L 6-1 8P
2 Botswana .........4G 1W 2D 1L 3-6 5P
3 Mozambique ........4G 1W 1D 2L 5-4 4P
4 Madagascar ..........4G 0W 3D 1L 1-4 3P

Tight fight for the 2nd spot.

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Group 8
Mauritania 0-1 Ethiopia
Rwanda 3-1 Morocco

Morocco 2-0 Rwanda
Ethiopia 6-1 Mauritania

1 Morocco .......4G 3W 0D 1L 10-4 9P
2 Rwanda .........4G 3W 0D 1L 8-4 9P
3 Ethiopia ..........4G 2W 0D 2L 8-6 6P
4 Mauritania ........4G 0W 0D 4L 2-14 0P

Great performance by Rwanda.

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Group 9
Seychelles 2-3 Burkina Faso
Burundi 0-1 Tunisia

Burkina Faso 4-1 Seychelles
Tunisia 2-1 Burundi

1 Burkina Faso ...4G 4W 0D 0L 11-4 12P
2 Tunisia ............4G 3W 0D 1L 6-3 9P
3 Burundi .............4G 1W 0D 3L 2-5 3P
4 Seychelles ..........4G 0W 0D 4L 3-10 0P

Huge surprise to see Burkina getting away with the first spot ahead of Tunisia.

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Group 10
Chad 2-1 Congo
Sudan 3-2 Mali

Congo 2-0 Chad
Mali 3-0 Sudan

1 Mali ........4G 3W 0D 1L 11-6 9P
2 Congo ......4G 2W 0D 2L 6-6 6P
3 Chad .........3G 1W 0D 2L 3-5 3P
4 Sudan .........3G 1W 0D 2L 3-6 3P

Very poor run by hopefuls Sudan.

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Group 11
Swaziland 0-0 Zambia

Zambia 1-0 Swaziland

1 Swaziland .....3G 1W 1D 1L 2-2 4P
2 Zambia ..........3G 1W 1D 1L 1-1 4P
3 Togo ..............2G 1W 0D 1L 2-2 3P

Perhaps Togo was expecting an easier ride.

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Group 12
Djibouti 0-6 DR Congo
Malawi 1-0 Egypt

DR Congo 5-1 Djibouti
Egypt 2-0 Malawi

1 DR Congo .....4G 3W 0D 1L 13-3 9P
2 Egypt ...........4G 3W 0D 1L 8-2 9P
3 Malawi ...........4G 2W 0D 2L 4-6 6P
4 Djibouti ...........4G 0W 0D 4L 2-23 0P

DRC is back and we like it! It will be the most interesting fight for the first spot of all 12 groups.

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Here's the scores of the 5th round of matches of Round 2 of the African Qualifying for World Cup 2010 plus the respective tables and the last fixtures:

GROUP 1
Mauritius 1-4 Tanzania
Cape Verde 1-2 Cameroon


1 Cameroon ....5G 4W 1D 0L 9-2 13P
2 Cape Verde ...5G 3W 0D 2L 6-5 9P
3 Tanzania .......5G 1W 2D 2L 6-5 5P
4 Mauritius ........5G 0W 1D 4L 3-12 1P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Cameroon vs Mauritius
Tanzania vs Cape Verde


Cameroon joined Nigeria as one of the first nations to qualify for Round 3 and Cape Verde have good chances of grabbing one of the best runner-ups' spots.

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GROUP 2
Kenya 1-0 Namibia
Zimbabwe 0-0 Guinea


1 Kenya ......5G 3W 1D 1L 6-2 10P
2 Guinea .......5G 2W 2D 1L 6-3 8P
3 Zimbabwe .....5G 1W 3D 1L 2-2 6P
4 Namibia ..........5G 1W 0D 4L 3-10 3P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Namibia vs Zimbabwe

12 Oct 2008
Guinea vs Kenya

Guinea vs Kenya will be a true final in Group 2.

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GROUP 3
Benin 3-2 Angola
Niger 3-1 Uganda


1 Benin ....5G 4W 0D 1L 11-6 12P
2 Angola ....5G 2W 1D 2L 8-7 7P
3 Uganda .....5G 2W 1D 2L 6-8 7P
4 Niger ..........5G 1W 0D 4L 4-8 3P

Next fixtures:

10 Oct 2008
Angola vs Niger

12 Oct 2008
Uganda vs Benin

Benin joined Cameroon and Nigeria as the third nation to qualify for Round 3. If Angola beats Niger, as expected, they will probably get one of the best runner-ups' spots.

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GROUP 4
Sierra Leone 2-1 Equatorial Guinea
South Africa 0-1 Nigeria


1 Nigeria ..........5G 5W 0D 0L 7-0 15P
2 Sierra Leone .....5G 2W 1D 2L 3-4 7P
3 South Africa .......5G 1W 1D 3L 4-5 4P
4 Equatorial Guinea ...5G 1W 0D 4L 4-9 3P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Equatorial Guinea vs South Africa
Nigeria vs Sierra Leone


Nigeria was the first to qualify for Round 3 and South Africa is lucky that they will be the WC2010 hosts thus these awful results will only harm their CAN prospects.

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GROUP 5
Libya 1-0 Ghana
Lesotho 0-3 Gabon


1 Libya ..........5G 4W 0D 1L 7-3 12P
2 Gabon ..........5G 3W 0D 2L 7-3 9P
3 Ghana ...........5G 3W 0D 2L 8-5 9P
4 Lesotho ..........5G 0W 0D 5L 2-13 0P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Gabon vs Libya

12 Oct 2008
Ghana vs Lesotho

Surprisingly tight group with all going down the wire in the last two group matches between the top 3.

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GROUP 6
Gambia 3-0 Liberia
Algeria 3-2 Senegal


1 Algeria .........5G 3W 0D 2L 7-4 9P
2 Gambia ..........5G 2W 2D 1L 5-2 8P
3 Senegal ..........5G 2W 2D 1L 8-6 8P
4 Liberia .............5G 0W 2D 3L 4-12 2P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Senegal vs Gambia

12 Oct 2008
Liberia vs Algeria

Another very tight group marking the return of Algeria and a very disappointing Senegal.

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GROUP 7
Mozambique 1-1 Côte d'Ivoire
Madagascar 1-0 Botswana


1 Côte d'Ivoire ..........5G 2W 3D 0L 7-2 9P
2 Madagascar ..........5G 1W 3D 1L 2-4 6P
3 Mozambique ........5G 1W 2D 2L 6-5 5P
4 Botswana .........5G 1W 2D 2L 3-7 5P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Botswana vs Mozambique

12 Oct 2008
Côte d'Ivoire vs Madagascar

CIV got their cake walk transformed into one of the toughest groups. They're still favourites for the top spot but it's risky to make predictions on this one.

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GROUP 8
Mauritania 0-1 Rwanda
Ethiopia vs Morocco
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1 Rwanda .........5G 4W 0D 1L 9-4 12P
2 Morocco .........4G 3W 0D 1L 10-4 9P
3 Ethiopia ...........4G 2W 0D 2L 8-6 6P
4 Mauritania .........5G 0W 0D 5L 2-15 0P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Rwanda vs Ethiopia
Morocco vs Mauritania


Ethiopia's suspension by FIFA will probably bring a big problem to solve on how to distribute the remaining points in this group.

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GROUP 9
Seychelles 1-2 Burundi
Burkina Faso 0-0 Tunisia


1 Burkina Faso ...5G 4W 1D 0L 11-4 13P
2 Tunisia ............5G 3W 1D 1L 6-3 10P
3 Burundi .............5G 2W 0D 3L 4-6 6P
4 Seychelles ..........5G 0W 0D 5L 4-12 0P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Tunisia vs Seychelles

12 Oct 2008
Burundi vs Burkina Faso


It does look like Burkina Faso will surprisingly beat Tunisia for the top spot.

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GROUP 10
Sudan 1-2 Chad
Congo 1-0 Mali


1 Mali ........5G 3W 0D 2L 11-7 9P
2 Congo ......5G 3W 0D 2L 7-6 9P
3 Chad .........4G 2W 0D 2L 5-6 6P
4 Sudan .........4G 1W 0D 3L 4-8 3P

Next fixtures:

10 Sep 2008
Chad vs Sudan

11 Oct 2008
Sudan vs Congo

12 Oct 2008
Mali vs Chad

Mali will probably confirm their favourite's tag with Congo and Chad leaving it to the last the decision on the runner-up spot.

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GROUP 11
Zambia 1-0 Togo


1 Zambia ..........4G 2W 1D 1L 2-1 7P
2 Swaziland .......3G 1W 1D 1L 2-2 4P
3 Togo ..............3G 1W 0D 2L 2-3 3P

Last fixture:

10 Oct 2008
Togo vs Swaziland


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GROUP 12
Djibouti 0-3 Malawi
DR Congo 0-1 Egypt


1 Egypt ...........5G 4W 0D 1L 9-2 12P
2 DR Congo .......5G 3W 0D 2L 13-4 9P
3 Malawi ............5G 3W 0D 2L 7-6 9P
4 Djibouti ............5G 0W 0D 5L 2-26 0P

Next fixtures:

11 Oct 2008
Malawi vs DR Congo

12 Oct 2008
Egypt vs Djibouti

After a shaky start, Egypt confirms their supremacy and DRC may even lose their runner-up spot for Malawi.

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Africa's scrap for places at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals reaches a crucial juncture this weekend with the final round of matches in the first group phase. From 46 remaining teams, the field will be whittled down to 20 by Sunday evening.

Only three sides have already made sure of their place, meaning that drama is assured as the other 17 are decided over the coming days. FIFA.com looks at the race group-by-group, starting today with Groups 1 to 6.

Group 1:
Cameroon have already won the section and secured a place in the next phase. Their opponents in Yaounde, bottom-placed Mauritius, fired coach Ashok Chundunsing after their 4-1 loss at home to Tanzania in their last qualifier and have put former international defender Benjamin Theodore in temporary charge. The Cape Verde Islands have sealed second place but may still need a point to ensure they finish among the eight best-placed runners-up, who also go into the draw for the third round.

Group 2:
Not for the first time, Guinea need a home win to make sure of qualification having made a habit in recent years of securing success late in the preliminary process. On Saturday, the Syli Nationale will take top spot if they beat Kenya in Conakry; any other result will leave them perilously placed. Kenya have surprised many observers by amassing 10 points from their first five matches and a draw will now ensure that they top the group. Even if they lose, they may yet still progress as one of the best runners-up. If Guinea fail to win, the door will be open for Zimbabwe to finish second, but they must win away in Namibia.

Group 3:
Angola will seek to put the shock resignation of their inspirational coach behind them when they host Niger on Sunday. The Palancas Negras' preparations were certainly handed a major blow with the departure of Luis Oliveira Goncalves, who announced his resignation at the weekend, just eight days before the key tie. Angola must win the game to have any chance of taking second place in the group behind Benin. Manucho is likely to make his FIFA World Cup debut alongside Flavio up front as Angola go for goals. Should they fail, Uganda could still slip into second place but they must overcome a confident Benin in Kampala.

Group 4:
Nigeria have already secured top spot and could end the first group phase as the only team with an unblemished record should they beat Sierra Leone in Abuja. While John Obi Mikel and John Utaka have withdrawn, there is a first call-up for Oluwafemi Ajilore, who was such a sensation at the recent Men's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008. Sierra Leone are aiming to finish second but could yet be usurped by South Africa, who are seeking an away win against Equatorial Guinea.

Group 5:
The possibility of a three-way tie at the top of the standings is a distinct possibility as Ghana host Lesotho and leaders Libya travel to Gabon. The Libyans hold a three point lead but their hosts can cut the gap and join them on 12 points with victory in Libreville on Saturday. The return of Daniel Cousin and Fabrice do Marcelino adds to Alain Giresse's hopes of a fourth win in six matches for the Gabonese. However, Libya need only avoid defeat to top the standings. Ghana are firm favourites to move on to 12 points when they host pointless Lesotho in Sekondi. Ghana, meanwhile, are without the injured Michael Essien, but have recalled Dutch-based striker Matthew Amoah.

Group 6:
A single-point advantage might just be enough for Algeria to banish recent demons and win a place among the last 20 African sides seeking to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. They play away in Monrovia against a Liberia side who are condemned to last place in the standings and, as such, have not chosen a full strength line-up for Saturday's match. However, if Algeria fail, the winner of the derby between Senegal and Gambia in Dakar will progress. Senegal coach Lamine Ndiaye has been in temporary charge since the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in January but will be well aware he could be handed the job permanently if Senegal progress.

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According to various Egyptian media outlets, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast will be seeded as heads of each of the 5 qualifying groups. Goodie, we finally won't be drawn in a ridiculously strong group (2002 WC we had Senegal, Morocco and Algeria while in 2006 we had Cameroon and Ivory Coast.) But knowing our luck in WCQs we'll probably get the one team we never beat - Morocco..

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Friday 10 October 2008



Major contenders such as Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco and continental champions Egypt look well placed to progress to the last phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ preliminaries, but there might yet be a fairy tale or to two to tell after Sunday's contests in the Africa.

Swaziland, for example, are aiming to reach uncharted territory by beating Togo, while Burkina Faso aim to finish ahead of mighty Tunisia in their section, underlining once again the unpredictability of football in Africa. FIFA.com continues its focus on the weekend's matches, across the 12 groups, with a preview of games in groups seven to 12.

Group 7:
It would be one of the biggest upsets in the history of FIFA World Cup qualifying in Africa were Côte d'Ivoire to be beaten in their last group game and have their chance to take top spot stymied. A home encounter against Madagascar is likely to deliver the point that the Elephants need to win the group, given they beat the islanders 6-0 at home last year. Chelsea ace Didier Drogba misses the match again through injury but there is still an overwhelming amount of attacking talent available to the Ivorians. Botswana and Mozambique chase second place when they meet in Gaborone. Both sides can still progress to the next phase but it is a must-win encounter for both the Mambas and the Zebras.

Group 8:
With the expulsion of Ethiopia, the group has been reduced to three and Rwanda have completed their campaign with a credible nine points from a possible 12. However, they are still likely to be usurped at the head of the standings by Morocco, who host Mauritania in Rabat in the final game on Saturday. A single-goal win would be enough for Morocco to take top place in a successful start to the reign of veteran French coach Roger Lemerre.

Group 9:
Burkina Faso and Tunisia are both likely to advance to the next stage, as either group winner or among the best-placed runners-up. The Burkinabe will seek to finish in a morale-boosting first but play away from home in Bujumbura against Burundi while Tunisia seek a goal fest in their game against Seychelles, who have lost all five of their qualifying games to date. Injury-hit Tunisia are to start Saturday's match at Rades with Racing Lens striker Issam Jomaa in attack alongside newcomer Mohamed Selliti.

Group 10:

Mali sit in the driving seat in the group, sharing top place with Congo, but with potentially a much easier finish. Mali's star-studded squad, including the Spanish-based trio of Frederic Kanoute, Mahamadou Diarra and Seydou Keita, host bottom-placed Chad in Bamako on Saturday and should finish top. Congo are away at Sudan, who are three points behind in third place and can still grab second spot from their visitors if they win by two goals. Mali coach Stephen Keshi told FIFA.com: "This generation has the potential to provide Mali with what they have been looking for for the last 30 years. A place in the World Cup finals."

Group 11:
Tiny Swaziland are living a dream, hoping they will get further than ever before in the FIFA World Cup preliminaries. The southern African kingdom can take top place in the group if they beat Togo in their final match, being played on neutral turf in Accra, Ghana. The odds are in their favour, with Togo's star Emmanuel Adebayor continuing his one-man boycott of the side. Swaziland's performances, meanwhile, have gone from strength to strength since Ephraim Mashaba took over as coach.

Group 12:
Egypt are almost certain to finish top of the standings as they take on lowly Djibouti in their final game in Cairo on Sunday. It leaves Malawi and Congo DR to chase second place in Saturday's meeting in Blantyre. Malawi's Flames have home advantage and their two foreign-based strikers Russel Mwafulirwa and Esau Kanyenda return after missing their last game through injury. The Leopards, however, are also a formidable side, with a rich tradition in qualifying.

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The great majority of the 6th and last round of matches of Round 2 of the African Qualifying for World Cup 2010 was held today and here is what happened:


GROUP 1

Cameroon 5-0 Mauritius
Tanzania 3-1 Cape Verde


1 Cameroon ....6G 5W 1D 0L 14-2 16P - qf
2 Cape Verde ...6G 3W 0D 3L 7-8 9P
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3 Tanzania .......6G 2W 2D 2L 9-6 8P
4 Mauritius ........6G 0W 1D 5L 3-17 1P


Cameroon already qualified for Round 3 and Cape Verde is still waiting for tomorrow's matches to know if those 9 points will be enough to get them through.

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GROUP 2

Namibia 4-2 Zimbabwe

1 Kenya ......5G 3W 1D 1L 6-2 10P
2 Guinea .......5G 2W 2D 1L 6-3 8P
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3 Zimbabwe .....6G 1W 3D 2L 4-6 6P
4 Namibia ..........6G 2W 0D 4L 7-12 6P


Next fixtures:
12 Oct 2008, Conakry
Guinea vs Kenya



All to be decided tomorrow in Conakry.


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GROUP 3

1 Benin ....5G 4W 0D 1L 11-6 12P - qf
2 Angola ....5G 2W 1D 2L 8-7 7P
3 Uganda .....5G 2W 1D 2L 6-8 7P
4 Niger ..........5G 1W 0D 4L 4-8 3P


Next fixtures:
12 Oct 2008, Luanda
Angola vs Niger

12 Oct 2008, Kampala
Uganda vs Benin



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GROUP 4

Equatorial Guinea 0-1 South Africa
Nigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone


1 Nigeria ..........6G 6W 0D 0L 11-1 18P - qf
2 South Africa ........6G 2W 1D 3L 5-5 7P
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3 Sierra Leone ..........6G 2W 1D 3L 4-8 7P
4 Equatorial Guinea .....6G 1W 0D 5L 4-10 3P


Impressive record by the Nigerians and a last sprint by the South Africans giving them the runner-up place.


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GROUP 5

Gabon 1-0 Libya
Ghana 3-0 Lesotho

1 Ghana ...........6G 4W 0D 2L 11-5 12P - qf
2 Gabon ............6G 4W 0D 2L 8-3 12P
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3 Libya ..............6G 4W 0D 2L 7-4 12P
4 Lesotho ...........6G 0W 0D 6L 2-16 0P


Good finish by Ghana and also by Gabon who beat Libya in a true final for the runner-up spot.


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GROUP 6

Senegal 1-1 Gambia
Liberia 0-0 Algeria

1 Algeria .........6G 3W 1D 2L 7-4 10P - qf
2 Gambia ..........6G 2W 3D 1L 6-3 9P
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3 Senegal ..........6G 2W 3D 1L 9-7 9P
4 Liberia .............6G 0W 3D 3L 4-12 3P


Algeria is back in business and Senegal was surprisingly knocked out.


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GROUP 7

Botswana 0-1 Mozambique
Côte d'Ivoire 3-0 Madagascar


1 Côte d'Ivoire ..........6G 3W 3D 0L 10-2 12P - qf
2 Mozambique ............6G 2W 2D 2L 7-5 8P
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3 Madagascar ..............6G 1W 3D 2L 2-7 6P
4 Botswana ...................6G 1W 2D 3L 3-8 5P


Côte d'Ivoire won naturally but what a feat by Mozambique! Viva os Mambas!


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GROUP 8

Morocco 4-1 Mauritania

1 Morocco .........4G 3W 0D 1L 11-5 9P - qf
2 Rwanda ...........4G 3W 0D 1L 7-3 9P
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3 Mauritania .........4G 0W 0D 4L 2-12 0P


Ethiopia's matches were all cancelled by FIFA so this group got a new face. In spite of Rwanda's good show, Morocco won it as expected.


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GROUP 9

Tunisia 5-0 Seychelles


1 Burkina Faso ...5G 4W 1D 0L 11-4 13P
2 Tunisia ............6G 4W 1D 1L 11-3 13P
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3 Burundi .............5G 2W 0D 3L 4-6 6P
4 Seychelles ..........6G 0W 0D 6L 4-17 0P


Next fixture:
12 Oct 2008, Bujumbura
Burundi vs Burkina Faso



Burkina Faso will most likely win the group and qualify directly but Tunisia gets also through as the best of all runner-ups.


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GROUP 10

Sudan 2-0 Congo
Mali 2-1 Chad


1 Mali ........6G 4W 0D 2L 13-8 12P - qf
2 Sudan ......6G 3W 0D 3L 9-9 9P
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3 Congo ........6G 3W 0D 3L 7-8 9P
4 Chad ...........6G 2W 0D 4L 7-11 6P


It all ended up as expected at the start although Congo just missed by a single goal.


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GROUP 11

Togo 6-0 Swaziland

1 Zambia ........4G 2W 1D 1L 2-1 7P - qf
2 Togo ..............4G 2W 0D 2L 8-3 6P
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3 Swaziland ......4G 1W 1D 2L 2-8 4P


Zambia's return to form with Togo disappointing.


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GROUP 12

Malawi 4-1 DR Congo


1 Egypt ...........5G 4W 0D 1L 9-2 12P
2 Malawi ............6G 4W 0D 2L 11-7 12P
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3 DR Congo ..........6G 3W 0D 3L 14-8 9P
4 Djibouti ..............5G 0W 0D 5L 2-26 0P


Next fixture:
12 Oct 2008, Cairo
Egypt vs Djibouti



Egypt will certainly win the group as expected, followed by an impressive Malawi.

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And here's FIFA's official explanation about what will happen in the decision of who will be the best runner-ups going through to Round 3...


After Eritrea's withdrawal and Ethiopia's exclusion, FIFA has had to adapt the rules that will define the eight best second-placed teams in the second round of the African Zone's preliminary qualifying competition.

Let us have a closer look at the situation. Eritrea's withdrawal has meant that Group 11 of the second round of African Zone preliminary qualifying consists of just three teams, compared to the four national sides making up the other groups. The situation is the same in Group 8 after the exclusion of Ethiopia. Therefore, the task before FIFA was to find the fairest way of defining the eight best second-placed sides - who will join the 12 group winners in the third qualifying round.

The solution settled upon was the following: once all the matches in the four-team groups have been played, the results between the second- and fourth-placed sides will not be considered when comparing the second-placed teams' respective records.

For reference purposes, these are the criterion that will be used to separate the best second-placed teams, in case they finish level on points. They will be applied in chronological order as follows:

- Total points

- Goal difference

- Goals scored

- Away goals scored

- A play-off decider at a neutral ground.

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No Amr Zaki or Mido for tomorrow seeing as both are injured, I guess we won't be witnessing a goal-fest..

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All is done and dusted now, when are the next groups gonna be drawn ? I hope for a fair draw reflecting the balance of powers int he continent. In the past we have had groups of death on one hand with other very easy groups from which undeserved qualifications occured!

lets wait and see what happens this time
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All is done and dusted now, when are the next groups gonna be drawn ? I hope for a fair draw reflecting the balance of powers int he continent. In the past we have had groups of death on one hand with other very easy groups from which undeserved qualifications occured!
October 22nd in Zurich.

Seedings:

1st seeds: Egypt - Cameroon - Nigeria - Ghana - Ivory Coast

2nd seeds: Guinea - Morocco - Tunisia - Mali - Algeria

3rd seeds: Burkina Faso - Gabon - Zambia - Kenya - Benin

4th seeds: Rwanda - Togo - Mozambique - Sudan - Malawi

Basically there won't be a 'group of death' this time around. The teams classified as 3rd and 4th tier have absolutely no chance in hell of making the WC in all honesty, but they'll be tricky at home seeing as it's never easy to travel in Africa. We have that annoying habit of dropping points away to 'minnows', like Liberia 97, Namibia 2001 and Benin 2005..

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how in the world did burkina faso finish top in their group yet make it into Pot 3 ?!

isnt there a mistake somehow?
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I read that the house of Senegal's coach was burned down by fans
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fuking idiots who did it should rot in jail for life
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I read that the house of Senegal's coach was burned down by fans
Something similar happened to Pierre Wome after missing a last gasp penalty for Cameroon in a decisive WCQ against Egypt. Sad really.. but African people are not violent by nature, it's just that football means so much to them, moreover they don't have much else besides it due to the difficult circumstances.. not justifying such acts but I can understand why they occur. When you struggle in your every day life your anger and frustration builds up, and thus you need an outlet. Hopefully the self-righteous won't hammer me for saying that, though..

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how in the world did burkina faso finish top in their group yet make it into Pot 3 ?!

isnt there a mistake somehow?
The seeding system isn't solely based on results in qualifiers. The FIFA rankings in addition to past performances in continental competition (last 2 ANCs) also come to play. Burkina Faso are ranked 63rd and missed out on the last 2 editions of the ANC. But kudos to them for finishing ahead of Tunisia, some feat (even if Tunisia have problems at the moment..)

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lol hossam lol...i think your the coolest bro one of the few ppl i like in this world

now thats three rants lol

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Something similar happened to Pierre Wome after missing a last gasp penalty for Cameroon in a decisive WCQ against Egypt. Sad really.. but African people are not violent by nature, it's just that football means so much to them, moreover they don't have much else besides it due to the difficult circumstances.. not justifying such acts but I can understand why they occur. When you struggle in your every day life your anger and frustration builds up, and thus you need an outlet. Hopefully the self-righteous won't hammer me for saying that, though..
Yea I remember the miss, and that Eto'o passed up taking it and later criticized Wome for missing p Didn't know they burned his house too, that's really sad.
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The seeding system isn't solely based on results in qualifiers. The FIFA rankings in addition to past performances in continental competition (last 2 ANCs) also come to play. Burkina Faso are ranked 63rd and missed out on the last 2 editions of the ANC. But kudos to them for finishing ahead of Tunisia, some feat (even if Tunisia have problems at the moment..)
Thanks for the information, its absurd though that the country ranks still follow the team around into the third round of qualifications!

Do you knwo what i mean?

Compare this to the Uefa Champion's league for example, seedings come into play when the groups are being drawn and based on the performances of these groups the knockout stages are shaped!

How silly would it be if the knockout stages are determined by the club's prestige in previous years.
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