Guinea to be second World Cup Débutante


Guinea, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Algeria have become the latest nations to book their places at next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, after coming through the final round of qualifiers in the African zone.

Guinea will join Bosnia & Herzegovina as the second nation to make their first appearance at the Finals following their 0-0 draw at home, after a 2-1 win in the First Leg a month ago.

Ghana qualified with a comprehensive 3-0 home win over Ivory Coast, following a 0-1 defeat a month ago. Eric Bekoe drew the hosts level on aggregate inside the opening 45 seconds with a fine strike before goals from Juventus’s Kwadwo Asamoah and Chelsea’s André Ayew put the tie beyond Ivory Coast. This will be Ghana’s 3rd appearance at the World Cup, and they reached the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2010.

Marouane Chamakh’s 86th minute goal to draw the match between Morocco and Tunisia at 2-2 saw the hosts progress 4-3 on aggregate where moments earlier they were heading for an away goals rule defeat. The two nations had traded three goals in a four-minute period midway through the first half. Brazil 2014 will be Morocco’s fifth Finals appearance, and their first since 1998.

Senegal needed a goal from Magaye Gueye in extra-time to overcome Egypt who had taken a 34th minute lead through Ahmed Ali, putting them 2-1 up on aggregate. Mame Diouf sent the match into the extra half-hour with his sixth goal of the season, a fine 85th minute strike, before Gueye popped up to head home the goal that would see Senegal qualify. It’ll only be their second Finals, the previous being a quarter-final in 1998.

Algeria came from behind twice to draw 3-3 in South Africa, and qualify for their fourth Finals. Having won the home leg 2-0 a month ago, Algeria were looking at it all slip away as they went 2-0 and then 3-1 down to goals from Dino Ndlovu and Kermit Erasmus. Two goals from Damien Boudjemaa, including one in the final minute confirmed their qualification.

The final six places for Brazil 2014 will be confirmed tomorrow with the four European, and the two cross-zone Playoffs: