2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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Host nation of the 2010 World Cup
Host nation of the 2010 African Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) section of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification saw teams compete for five berths in the final tournament in South Africa. The qualification stage doubled as the qualification stage for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, with fifteen teams qualifying for the finals held in Angola.

In total, 53 nations participated; however, due to the presence of the two tournaments' respective hosts, 52 teams were involved in each competition. South Africa qualified automatically as host for the World Cup,[1] and Angola qualified as host for the African Cup of Nations. Both nevertheless competed in the qualifying phase to attempt to qualify for the other tournament.

This was the first time since 1934 that the hosts would compete in World Cup qualifiers. Angola's situation mirrored that of Egypt in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers in Africa, which doubled as the qualifiers to the 2006 African Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.[2]

First round[edit]

Five knockout ties were originally required, involving the ten lowest ranked African countries (based on FIFA rankings as of July 2007). The actual draw was apparently conducted one day before the format was announced by CAF. The pairings were:[3]

São Tomé and Príncipe and the Central African Republic both withdrew in early September. As a result, Swaziland and Seychelles (the highest ranked of the ten nations) were no longer required to play in this round, and the teams they were originally matched against, Somalia and Djibouti, were redrawn to play each other instead.[4] The tie between Djibouti and Somalia was played as a one leg tie in Djibouti, as Somalia was not deemed suitable for FIFA matches; the other two ties were played as two leg ties.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Madagascar  10–2  Comoros 6–2 4–0
Djibouti  1–0  Somalia 1–0 N/A
Sierra Leone  1–0  Guinea-Bissau 1–0 0–0

Second round[edit]

The 48 qualifiers (45 direct entrants plus 3 winners of the first round) were split into 12 groups of 4 in the draw held in Durban, South Africa on 25 November 2007. Teams in each group played a home-and-away round-robin in 2008, with the 12 groups winners and 8 best runners-up advancing to the third round. As not all groups were of equal size after the exclusion of Ethiopia and the withdrawal of Eritrea, when ranking the runners-up, their results against their group's 4th placed team would not be counted.[5]

Seeding[edit]

One team from each of the following pots were drawn into each group.[6]

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D

 Cameroon
 Nigeria
 Ivory Coast
 Morocco
 Ghana
 Tunisia
 Egypt
 Guinea
 Senegal
 Mali
 Angola
 Togo

 Zambia
 South Africa
 Cape Verde
 DR Congo
 Algeria
 Burkina Faso
 Benin
 Mozambique
 Libya
 Ethiopia
 Congo
 Zimbabwe

 Uganda
 Botswana
 Equatorial Guinea
 Tanzania
 Gabon
 Malawi
 Sudan
 Burundi
 Liberia
 Rwanda
 Eritrea
 Namibia

 Gambia
 Mauritania
 Kenya
 Chad
 Lesotho
 Mauritius
 Niger
 Swaziland
 Seychelles
 Sierra Leone
 Madagascar
 Djibouti

Legend
Countries that advanced to the Third Round

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 6 5 1 0 14 2 +12 16
 Cape Verde 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9
 Tanzania 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3 8
 Mauritius 6 0 1 5 3 17 −14 1
  Cameroon Cape Verde Mauritius Tanzania
Cameroon  2 – 0 5 – 0 2 – 1
Cape Verde  1 – 2 3 – 1 1 – 0
Mauritius  0 – 3 0 – 1 1 – 4
Tanzania  0 – 0 3 – 1 1 – 1


Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Guinea 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
 Kenya 6 3 1 2 8 5 +3 10
 Zimbabwe 6 1 3 2 4 6 −2 6
 Namibia 6 2 0 4 7 12 −5 6
  Guinea Kenya Namibia Zimbabwe
Guinea  3 – 2 4 – 0 0 – 0
Kenya  2 – 0 1 – 0 2 – 0
Namibia  1 – 2 2 – 1 4 – 2
Zimbabwe  0 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 0

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Zimbabwe and Namibia are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Benin 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
 Angola 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10
 Uganda 6 3 1 2 8 9 −1 10
 Niger 6 1 0 5 5 11 −6 3
  Angola Benin Niger Uganda
Angola  3 – 0 3 – 1 0 – 0
Benin  3 – 2 2 – 0 4 – 1
Niger  1 – 2 0 – 2 3 – 1
Uganda  3 – 1 2 – 1 1 – 0

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Angola and Uganda are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Note: Angola were automatically qualified as hosts of the 2010 African Cup of Nations. However, they were subject to the same rules as other nations for continuation to the next stage of the qualifiers. Failure to advance from this group eliminated them from the qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Nigeria 6 6 0 0 11 1 +10 18
 South Africa 6 2 1 3 5 5 0 7
 Sierra Leone 6 2 1 3 4 8 −4 7
 Equatorial Guinea 6 1 0 5 4 10 −6 3
  Equatorial Guinea Nigeria Sierra Leone South Africa
Equatorial Guinea  0 – 1 2 – 0 0 – 1
Nigeria  2 – 0 4 – 1 2 – 0
Sierra Leone  2 – 1 0 – 1 1 – 0
South Africa  4 – 1 0 – 1 0 – 0

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • South Africa and Sierra Leone are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Note: South Africa were automatically qualified as hosts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, they were subject to the same rules as other nations for continuation to the next stage of the qualifiers. Failure to advance from this group eliminated them from the qualifiers for the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 6 4 0 2 11 5 +6 12
 Gabon 6 4 0 2 8 3 +5 12
 Libya 6 4 0 2 7 4 +3 12
 Lesotho 6 0 0 6 2 16 −14 0
  Gabon Ghana Lesotho Libya
Gabon  2 – 0 2 – 0 1 – 0
Ghana  2 – 0 3 – 0 3 – 0
Lesotho  0 – 3 2 – 3 0 – 1
Libya  1 – 0 1 – 0 4 – 0

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Ghana, Gabon and Libya are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Algeria 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10
 Gambia 6 2 3 1 6 3 +3 9
 Senegal 6 2 3 1 9 7 +2 9
 Liberia 6 0 3 3 4 12 −8 3
  Algeria The Gambia Liberia Senegal
Algeria  1 – 0 3 – 0 3 – 2
Gambia  1 – 0 3 – 0 0 – 0
Liberia  0 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 2
Senegal  1 – 0 1 – 1 3 – 1

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Gambia and Senegal are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 6 3 3 0 10 2 +8 12
 Mozambique 6 2 2 2 7 5 +2 8
 Madagascar 6 1 3 2 2 7 −5 6
 Botswana 6 1 2 3 3 8 −5 5
  Botswana Ivory Coast Madagascar Mozambique
Botswana  1 – 1 0 – 0 0 – 1
Ivory Coast  4 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 0
Madagascar  1 – 0 0 – 0 1 – 1
Mozambique  1 – 2 1 – 1 3 – 0

On 19 March 2008, FIFA announced the immediate suspension of the Malagasy Football Federation (FMF).[7] The suspension was lifted on 19 May 2008.[8]

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Morocco 4 3 0 1 11 5 +6 9
 Rwanda 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4 9
 Mauritania 4 0 0 4 2 12 −10 0
  Mauritania Morocco Rwanda
Mauritania  1 – 4 0 – 1
Morocco  4 – 1 2 – 0
Rwanda  3 – 0 3 – 1

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Morocco and Rwanda are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Ethiopia played four matches in this group, before FIFA announced the immediate suspension of the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) on 29 July 2008.[9] On 12 September 2008, FIFA excluded the EFF from the 2010 World Cup qualifiers and the results of their matches were cancelled.[10] While it was not clear if they were also explicitly excluded from the 2010 African Cup of Nations, their failure to complete the remaining fixtures effectively eliminated them from the tournament.

Group 9[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Burkina Faso 6 5 1 0 14 5 +9 16
 Tunisia 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13
 Burundi 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 6
 Seychelles 6 0 0 6 4 17 −13 0
  Burkina Faso Burundi Seychelles Tunisia
Burkina Faso  2 – 0 4 – 1 0 – 0
Burundi  1 – 3 1 – 0 0 – 1
Seychelles  2 – 3 1 – 2 0 – 2
Tunisia  1 – 2 2 – 1 5 – 0


Group 10[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mali 6 4 0 2 13 8 +5 12
 Sudan 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
 Congo 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9
 Chad 6 2 0 4 7 11 −4 6
  Chad Republic of the Congo Mali Sudan
Chad  2 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 3
Congo  2 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 0
Mali  2 – 1 4 – 2 3 – 0
Sudan  1 – 2 2 – 0 3 – 2

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Sudan and Congo are ranked by their overall goal difference.

On 28 March 2008, FIFA announced the immediate suspension of the Chadian Football Federation (FTFA).[11] The suspension was lifted on 7 May 2008.[12]

Chad was disqualified from the 2010 African Nations Cup qualifiers after failing to show up for their away match against Sudan, despite security guarantees. The match was subsequently rescheduled. Only matches between Mali, Sudan and Congo were taken into account for the qualification of the second round of the preliminaries of the African Cup of Nations. However, Chad was still able qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[13] This could have led to complications if Chad had advanced to the next round or if Chad's exclusion the now alternate group standings had produced different group winners and impacted on the ranking of the second-placed side.

For African Cup of Nations qualification:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mali 4 2 0 2 9 6 +3 6
 Sudan 4 2 0 2 5 6 −1 6
 Congo 4 2 0 2 4 6 −2 6
  Republic of the Congo Mali Sudan
Congo  1 – 0 1 – 0
Mali  4 – 2 3 – 0
Sudan  2 – 0 3 – 2

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Mali, Sudan and Congo are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group 11[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zambia 4 2 1 1 2 1 +1 7
 Togo 4 2 0 2 8 3 +5 6
 Swaziland 4 1 1 2 2 8 −6 4
  Swaziland Togo Zambia
Swaziland  2 – 1 0 – 0
Togo  6 – 0 1 – 0
Zambia  1 – 0 1 – 0

Eritrea withdrew from the qualifiers on 25 March 2008 and were not replaced.[14]

Group 12[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Egypt 6 5 0 1 13 2 +11 15
 Malawi 6 4 0 2 14 5 +9 12
 DR Congo 6 3 0 3 14 6 +8 9
 Djibouti 6 0 0 6 2 30 −28 0
  Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Egypt Malawi
DR Congo  5 – 1 0 – 1 1 – 0
Djibouti  0 – 6 0 – 4 0 – 3
Egypt  2 – 1 4 – 0 2 – 0
Malawi  2 – 1 8 – 1 1 – 0


Rankings of runners-up[edit]

Along with the 12 group winners, the 8 highest-ranked runners-up also advanced to the third round. Because not all groups contained an equal number of teams, only results against the first- and third-placed teams in each group counted.

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
8  Rwanda 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4 9
2  Kenya 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3 7
9  Tunisia 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7
11  Togo 4 2 0 2 8 3 +5 6
5  Gabon 4 2 0 2 3 3 0 6
10  Sudan 4 2 0 2 5 6 −1 6
12  Malawi 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1 6
7  Mozambique 4 1 2 1 5 3 +2 5
6  Gambia 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 5
3  Angola 4 1 1 2 6 6 0 4
1  Cape Verde 4 1 0 3 3 7 −4 3
4  South Africa 4 0 1 3 0 4 −4 1

Ranking rules

  1. Total points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Away goals scored
  5. A play-off decider at a neutral ground (if necessary)

Third round[edit]

The 20 remaining sides were split into five groups of four. The draw for the groups took place on 22 October 2008 in Zürich, Switzerland.[15]

The five group winners will qualify for the FIFA World Cup and the African Cup of Nations in 2010. Together with them, the five runners-up and the five third-placed teams qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

Seeding[edit]

Teams were seeded based on their FIFA World Rankings in October 2008 (number in parentheses).[16] One team from each of the following pots was drawn into each group.[17]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Cameroon (12)
 Egypt (22)
 Ghana (25)
 Nigeria (27)
 Ivory Coast (29)

 Guinea (41)
 Morocco (43)
 Tunisia (47)
 Mali (53)
 Algeria (56)

 Burkina Faso (63)
 Gabon (67)
 Zambia (70)
 Kenya (79)
 Benin (81)

 Rwanda (87)
 Togo (91)
 Mozambique (100)
 Sudan (106)
 Malawi (109)

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2010 World Cup and 2010 African Cup of Nations
Countries that qualified for the 2010 African Cup of Nations

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 6 4 1 1 9 2 +7 13
 Gabon 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2 9
 Togo 6 2 2 2 3 7 −4 8
 Morocco 6 0 3 3 3 8 −5 3
  Cameroon Gabon Morocco Togo
Cameroon  2 – 1 0 – 0 3 – 0
Gabon  0 – 2 3 – 1 3 – 0
Morocco  0 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 0
Togo  1 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1


Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Nigeria 6 3 3 0 9 4 +5 12
 Tunisia 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11
 Mozambique 6 2 1 3 3 5 −2 7
 Kenya 6 1 0 5 5 11 −6 3
  Kenya Mozambique Nigeria Tunisia
Kenya  2 – 1 2 – 3 1 – 2
Mozambique  1 – 0 0 – 0 1 – 0
Nigeria  3 – 0 1 – 0 2 – 2
Tunisia  1 – 0 2 – 0 0 – 0



Group C[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Algeria 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
 Egypt 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
 Zambia 6 1 2 3 2 5 −3 5
 Rwanda 6 0 2 4 1 8 −7 2
  Algeria Egypt Rwanda Zambia
Algeria  3 – 1 3 – 1 1 – 0
Egypt  2 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 1
Rwanda  0 – 0 0 – 1 0 – 0
Zambia  0 – 2 0 – 1 1 – 0


Group D[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 6 4 1 1 9 3 +6 13
 Benin 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 10
 Mali 6 2 3 1 8 7 +1 9
 Sudan 6 0 1 5 2 9 −7 1
  Benin Ghana Mali Sudan
Benin  1 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 0
Ghana  1 – 0 2 – 2 2 – 0
Mali  3 – 1 0 – 2 1 – 0
Sudan  1 – 2 0 – 2 1 – 1



Group E[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 6 5 1 0 19 4 +15 16
 Burkina Faso 6 4 0 2 10 11 −1 12
 Malawi 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4
 Guinea 6 1 0 5 7 14 −7 3
  Burkina Faso Ivory Coast Guinea Malawi
Burkina Faso  2 – 3 4 – 2 1 – 0
Ivory Coast  5 – 0 3 – 0 5 – 0
Guinea  1 – 2 1 – 2 2 – 1
Malawi  0 – 1 1 – 1 2 – 1



Goalscorers[edit]

There were 506 goals scored over 198 games, for an average of 2.54 goals per game.

Scorer Nation Total goals By round
R1 R2 R3
Moumouni Dagano  Burkina Faso 12 7 5
Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon 9 6 3
Razak Omotoyossi  Benin 8 6 2
Frédéric Kanouté  Mali 5 3
Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 6 0 6
Dennis Oliech  Kenya 4 2
Chiukepo Msowoya  Malawi 3 3
Mohamed Aboutrika  Egypt 5 2 3
Matthew Amoah  Ghana 1 4
Ismael Bangoura  Guinea 5
Pascal Feindouno  Guinea 2 3
Emmanuel Adebayor  Togo 4 1
Shabani Nonda  DR Congo 4 4 X
Emad Motaeb  Egypt 3 1
Amr Zaki  Egypt 2 2
Roguy Méyé  Gabon 2 2
Junior Agogo  Ghana 4
Faneva Imà Andriantsima  Madagascar 4 0 X
Seydou Keita  Mali 4
Youssef Safri  Morocco 4
Victor Nsofor Obinna  Nigeria 1 3
Ikechukwu Uche  Nigeria 3 1
Issam Jemâa  Tunisia 2 2
Rafik Saifi  Algeria 3 1 2
Antar Yahia  Algeria 2 1
Karim Ziani  Algeria 2 1
Flávio  Angola 3 X
Yssouf Koné  Burkina Faso 3
Achille Emana  Cameroon 1 2
Jean Makoun  Cameroon 1 2
Dady  Cape Verde 3 X
Lys Mouithys  Congo 3 X
Zola Matumona  DR Congo 3 X
Dieumerci Mbokani  DR Congo 3 X
Sekou Cissé  Ivory Coast 3
Bakari Koné  Ivory Coast 1 2
Boubacar Sanogo  Ivory Coast 3
Ahmed Hassan  Egypt 2 1
Hosni Abd Rabo  Egypt 1 2
Prince Tagoe  Ghana 2 1
Esau Kanyenda  Malawi 3
Wilko Risser  Namibia 3 X
Jerson Tegete  Tanzania 3 X
Adekamni Olufade  Togo 3

Key:
— – Bye
X – Eliminated

2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

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