2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Africa. 51 teams took part (only Djibouti and Comoros did not enter), competing for 5 World Cup places.

The qualification was composed of two Rounds. 9 teams entered the competition directly on the Second Round: the 5 teams that qualified for the 2002 World Cup Finals (Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia) and the 4 highest-ranking teams in the June 25, 2003 FIFA world rankings (Congo DR, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, and Morocco). The other 42 teams were paired 2-by-2 and played knock-out matches home-and-away. The 21 winners would advance to the Second Round.

In the Second Round, the 30 teams were divided in 5 groups of 6 teams each. Teams in each group would play against each other in a home-and-away basis. The team with most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup.

The competition also constituted the qualification competition for the 2006 African Nations Cup with the top three nations of each group qualifying (except for Egypt, which qualifies as the host nation, the fourth nation in Egypt's group qualifying in Egypt's place).

The African qualifying zone saw 4 out of 5 finals places going to World Cup debutants (Angola, Togo, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana). Nigeria missed out on a fourth consecutive finals appearance while Cameroon did not reach their fifth consecutive finals.

The African zone also featured a group of death — Group 3, which brought together Africa's most frequent World Cup qualifier Cameroon with the two eventual finalists of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt and the Ivory Coast.

Tiebreakers[edit]

If teams are even on points at the end of group play, the tied teams will be ranked as follows:

  1. greater number of points obtained in matches between the tied teams
  2. goal difference in matches between the tied teams
  3. greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams
  4. goal difference in all group matches
  5. greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  6. a play-off on neutral ground, with extra time and penalties if necessary (in qualifying)
  7. drawing of lots (at the final event)

This is a change from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where total goal difference was the first tiebreaker.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guinea-Bissau  1–4  Mali 1–2 0–2
Madagascar  3–4  Benin 1–1 2–3
Seychelles  1–5  Zambia 0–4 1–1
Botswana  4–1  Lesotho 4–1 0–0
Equatorial Guinea  1–2  Togo 1–0 0–2
São Tomé and Príncipe  0–9  Libya 0–1 0–8
Tanzania  0–3  Kenya 0–0 0–3
Niger  0–7  Algeria 0–1 0–6
Uganda  4–3  Mauritius 3–0 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Sudan  3–0  Eritrea 3–0 0–0
Zimbabwe  4–2  Mauritania 3–0 1–2
Swaziland  1–4  Cape Verde 1–1 0–3
Burundi  1–4  Gabon 0–0 1–4
Chad  3–3(a)  Angola 3–1 0–2
Congo  2–1  Sierra Leone 1–0 1–1
Ethiopia  1–3  Malawi 1–3 0–0
Rwanda  4–1  Namibia 3–0 1–1
Guinea  5–3  Mozambique 1–0 4–3
Gambia  2–3  Liberia 2–0 0–3
Somalia  0–7  Ghana 0–5 0–2
Burkina Faso  w/o  Central African Republic

Second round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Togo 10 7 2 1 20 8 +12 23
 Senegal 10 6 3 1 21 8 +13 21
 Zambia 10 6 1 3 16 10 +6 19
 Congo 10 3 1 6 10 14 −4 10
 Mali 10 2 2 6 11 14 −3 8
 Liberia 10 1 1 8 3 27 −24 4
  Republic of the Congo Liberia Mali Senegal Togo Zambia
Congo  3 – 0 1 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 3 2 – 3
Liberia  0 – 2 1 – 0 0 – 3 0 – 0 0 – 5
Mali  2 – 0 4 – 1 2 – 2 1 – 2 1 – 1
Senegal  2 – 0 6 – 1 3 – 0 2 – 2 1 – 0
Togo  2 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 1 4 – 1
Zambia  2 – 0 1 – 0 2 – 1 0 – 1 1 – 0

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 10 6 3 1 17 4 +13 21
 DR Congo 10 4 4 2 14 10 +4 16
 South Africa 10 5 1 4 12 14 −2 16
 Burkina Faso 10 4 1 5 14 13 +1 13
 Cape Verde 10 3 1 6 8 15 −7 10
 Uganda 10 2 2 6 6 15 −9 8
  Burkina Faso Cape Verde Democratic Republic of the Congo Ghana South Africa Uganda
Burkina Faso  1 – 2 2 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 1 2 – 0
Cape Verde  1 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 4 1 – 2 1 – 0
DR Congo  3 – 2 2 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 0 4 – 0
Ghana  2 – 1 2 – 0 0 – 0 3 – 0 2 – 0
South Africa  2 – 0 2 – 1 2 – 2 0 – 2 2 – 1
Uganda  2 – 2 1 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 1

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 10 7 1 2 20 7 +13 22
 Cameroon 10 6 3 1 18 10 +8 21
 Egypt 10 5 2 3 26 15 +11 17
 Libya 10 3 3 4 8 10 −2 12
 Sudan 10 1 3 6 6 22 −16 6
 Benin 10 1 2 7 9 23 −14 5
  Benin Cameroon Ivory Coast Egypt Libya Sudan
Benin  1 – 4 0 – 1 3 – 3 1 – 0 1 – 1
Cameroon  2 – 1 2 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 0 2 – 1
Ivory Coast  3 – 0 2 – 3 2 – 0 2 – 0 5 – 0
Egypt  4 – 1 3 – 2 1 – 2 4 – 1 6 – 1
Libya  4 – 1 0 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 1 0 – 0
Sudan  1 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 3 0 – 3 0 – 1

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Angola 10 6 3 1 12 6 +6 21
 Nigeria 10 6 3 1 21 7 +14 21
 Zimbabwe 10 4 3 3 13 14 −1 15
 Gabon 10 2 4 4 11 13 −2 10
 Algeria 10 1 5 4 8 15 −7 8
 Rwanda 10 1 2 7 6 16 −10 5
  Algeria Angola Gabon Nigeria Rwanda Zimbabwe
Algeria  0 – 0 0 – 3 2 – 5 1 – 0 2 – 2
Angola  2 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 0
Gabon  0 – 0 2 – 2 1 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 1
Nigeria  1 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 0 2 – 0 5 – 1
Rwanda  1 – 1 0 – 1 3 – 1 1 – 1 0 – 2
Zimbabwe  1 – 1 2 – 0 1 – 0 0 – 3 3 – 1

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tunisia 10 6 3 1 25 9 +16 21
 Morocco 10 5 5 0 17 7 +10 20
 Guinea 10 5 2 3 15 10 +5 17
 Kenya 10 3 1 6 8 17 −9 10
 Botswana 10 3 0 7 10 18 −8 9
 Malawi 10 1 3 6 12 26 −14 6
  Botswana Guinea Kenya Malawi Morocco Tunisia
Botswana  1 – 2 2 – 1 2 – 0 0 – 1 1 – 3
Guinea  4 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 1 1 – 1 2 – 1
Kenya  1 – 0 2 – 1 3 – 2 0 – 0 0 – 2
Malawi  1 – 3 1 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 2
Morocco  1 – 0 1 – 0 5 – 1 4 – 1 1 – 1
Tunisia  4 – 1 2 – 0 1 – 0 7 – 0 2 – 2

Goalscorers[edit]

11 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

References[edit]