2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) section of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification saw 52 teams competing for 5 spots of the 32 spots in the final tournament in Brazil.

Format[edit]

Fifty-two out of the 53 national associations affiliated to CAF entered the qualifying to determine the continent’s five slots for the next World Cup.[1]

The proposed format, announced on 16 May 2011, began in November 2011 with a first round of 12 two-legged knock-out ties. The ties, involving the 24 lowest-ranked teams according to FIFA World Rankings, were drawn in Brazil on 30 July 2011.

The 12 winners joined the remaining 28 CAF entrants in the second round, which consists of 10 groups of 4. The winners of each group – held between June 2012 and September 2013 – advanced to a third round of 5 two-legged knock-out ties. The 5 winners of these ties – held in October and November 2013 – advanced to the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

Entrants[edit]

The July 2011 FIFA Ranking were used to seed the teams for the first two rounds, both of which were drawn in Brazil on 30 July 2011.[2] (World rankings shown in brackets)[3]

Bye to second round
(Ranked 1st to 28th)
Competing in first round
(Ranked 29th to 52nd)
  1.  Ivory Coast (14)
  2.  Egypt (34)
  3.  Ghana (36)
  4.  Burkina Faso (39)
  5.  Nigeria (43)
  6.  Senegal (46)
  7.  South Africa (49)
  8.  Cameroon (50)
  9.  Algeria (52)
  10.  Tunisia (55)
  11.  Gabon (60)
  12.  Libya (63)
  13.  Morocco (63)
  14.  Guinea (68)
  15.  Botswana (71)
  16.  Malawi (72)
  17.  Zambia (74)
  18.  Uganda (76)
  19.  Mali (77)
  20.  Cape Verde (82)
  21.  Benin (86)
  22.  Zimbabwe (86)
  23.  Central African Republic (89)
  24.  Sierra Leone (93)
  25.  Sudan (97)
  26.  Niger (98)
  27.  Angola (100)
  28.  Gambia (100)
  1.  Mozambique (103)
  2.  DR Congo (123)
  3.  Togo (123)
  4.  Liberia (125)
  5.  Tanzania (127)
  6.  Congo (129)
  7.  Kenya (130)
  8.  Rwanda (134)
  9.  Ethiopia (139)
  10.  Namibia (140)
  11.  Burundi (143)
  12.  Madagascar (149)
  13.  Guinea-Bissau (151)
  14.  Equatorial Guinea (155)
  15.  Chad (158)
  16.  Swaziland (169)
  17.  Comoros (175)
  18.  Lesotho (184)
  19.  Eritrea (188)
  20.  Somalia (191)
  21.  Djibouti (194)
  22.  Mauritius (195)
  23.  Seychelles (199)
  24.  São Tomé and Príncipe (unranked)
Notes
  •  Mauritania are not participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[4]

First round[edit]

The first round consisted of 12 home-and-away ties, featured the 24 lowest ranked teams in Africa. The ties were drawn at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 30 July 2011. The winners of these series proceeded to the second round.

Seeding[edit]

The July 2011 FIFA Ranking was used to seed the teams.

Pot 1 Pot 2

 Mozambique
 DR Congo
 Togo
 Liberia
 Tanzania
 Congo
 Kenya
 Rwanda
 Ethiopia
 Namibia
 Burundi
 Madagascar

 Guinea-Bissau
 Equatorial Guinea
 Chad
 Swaziland
 Comoros
 Lesotho
 Eritrea
 Somalia
 Djibouti
 Mauritius
 Seychelles
 São Tomé and Príncipe

Matches[edit]

The first legs were scheduled for 11–12 November 2011, with the second legs on 15–16 November 2011.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Seychelles  0–7  Kenya 0–3 0–4
Guinea-Bissau  1–2  Togo 1–1 0–1
Djibouti  0–8  Namibia 0–4 0–4
Mauritius  w/o  Liberia
Comoros  1–5  Mozambique 0–1 1–4
Equatorial Guinea  3–2  Madagascar 2–0 1–2
Somalia  0–5  Ethiopia 0–0 0–5
Lesotho  3–2  Burundi 1–0 2–2
Eritrea  2–4  Rwanda 1–1 1–3
Swaziland  2–8  DR Congo 1–3 1–5
São Tomé and Príncipe  1–6  Congo 0–5 1–1
Chad  2–2 (a)  Tanzania 1–2 1–0
  • Note: Mauritius withdrew from the tournament on 31 October 2011.[5] Liberia automatically advanced to the second round.

Second round[edit]

The second round saw the top 28 ranked CAF teams joined by the 12 winners from the first round. These teams were drawn into ten groups of four teams at the World Cup Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 30 July 2011. The matches were played from 1 June 2012 to 7 September 2013. The top team from each group advanced to the third round.

Seeding[edit]

The July 2011 FIFA Ranking was used to seed the teams.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Ivory Coast
 Egypt
 Ghana
 Burkina Faso
 Nigeria
 Senegal
 South Africa
 Cameroon
 Algeria
 Tunisia

 Gabon
 Libya
 Morocco
 Guinea
 Botswana
 Malawi
 Zambia
 Uganda
 Mali
 Cape Verde

 Benin
 Zimbabwe
 Central African Republic
 Sierra Leone
 Sudan
 Niger
 Gambia
 Angola
 Kenya
 Togo

 Namibia
 Liberia
 Mozambique
 Equatorial Guinea
 Ethiopia
 Lesotho
 Rwanda
 DR Congo
 Congo
 Tanzania

First round winners whose identity was not known at the time of the draw

Groups[edit]

Cameroon were suspended by FIFA on 4 July 2013 for government interference.[6] The suspension was lifted on 22 July 2013.[7]

Note: Scores marked by * are results awarded by FIFA.

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ethiopia 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13
 South Africa 6 3 2 1 12 5 +7 11
 Botswana 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
 Central African Republic 6 1 0 5 5 12 −7 3
  Botswana Central African Republic Ethiopia South Africa
Botswana  3–2 3–0* 1–1
Central African Republic  2–0 1–2 0–3
Ethiopia  1–0 2–0 2–1
South Africa  4–1 2–0 1–1


Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tunisia 6 4 2 0 13 6 +7 14
 Cape Verde 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2 9
 Sierra Leone 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8
 Equatorial Guinea 6 0 2 4 6 15 −9 2
  Cape Verde Equatorial Guinea Sierra Leone Tunisia
Cape Verde  3–0* 1–0 1–2
Equatorial Guinea  0–3* 2–2 1–1
Sierra Leone  2–1 3–2 2–2
Tunisia  3–0* 3–1 2–1


Group C[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 6 4 2 0 15 5 +10 14
 Morocco 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
 Tanzania 6 2 0 4 8 12 −4 6
 Gambia 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4
  The Gambia Ivory Coast Morocco Tanzania
Gambia  0–3 1–1 2–0
Ivory Coast  3–0 1–1 2–0
Morocco  2–0 2–2 2–1
Tanzania  2–1 2–4 3–1


Group D[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 6 5 0 1 18 3 +15 15
 Zambia 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11
 Lesotho 6 1 2 3 4 15 −11 5
 Sudan 6 0 2 4 3 14 −11 2
  Ghana Lesotho Sudan Zambia
Ghana  7–0 4–0 2–1
Lesotho  0–2 0–0 1–1
Sudan  1–3 1–3 0–3*
Zambia  1–0 4–0 1–1


Group E[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Burkina Faso 6 4 0 2 7 4 +3 12
 Congo 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11
 Gabon 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 7
 Niger 6 1 1 4 6 12 −6 4
  Burkina Faso Republic of the Congo Gabon Niger
Burkina Faso  0–3* 1–0 4–0
Congo  0–1 1–0 1–0
Gabon  1–0 0–0 4–1
Niger  0–1 2–2 3–0*


Group F[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Nigeria 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 12
 Malawi 6 1 4 1 4 5 −1 7
 Kenya 6 1 3 2 4 5 −1 6
 Namibia 6 1 2 3 2 4 −2 5
  Kenya Malawi Namibia Nigeria
Kenya  0–0 1–0 0–1
Malawi  2–2 0–0 1–1
Namibia  1–0 0–1 1–1
Nigeria  1–1 2–0 1–0


Group G[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Egypt 6 6 0 0 16 7 +9 18
 Guinea 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
 Mozambique 6 0 3 3 2 10 −8 3
 Zimbabwe 6 0 2 4 4 9 −5 2
  Egypt Guinea Mozambique Zimbabwe
Egypt  4–2 2–0 2–1
Guinea  2–3 6–1 1–0
Mozambique  0–1 0–0 0–0
Zimbabwe  2–4 0–1 1–1


Group H[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Algeria 6 5 0 1 13 4 +9 15
 Mali 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
 Benin 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8
 Rwanda 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2
  Algeria Benin Mali Rwanda
Algeria  3–1 1–0 4–0
Benin  1–3 1–0 2–0
Mali  2–1 2–2 1–1
Rwanda  0–1 1–1 1–2


Group I[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 6 4 1 1 8 3 +5 13
 Libya 6 2 3 1 5 3 +2 9
 DR Congo 6 1 3 2 3 3 0 6
 Togo 6 1 1 4 4 11 −7 4
  Cameroon Democratic Republic of the Congo Libya Togo
Cameroon  1–0 1–0 2–1
DR Congo  0–0 0–0 2–0
Libya  2–1 0–0 2–0
Togo  0–3* 2–1 1–1


Group J[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Senegal 6 3 3 0 9 4 +5 12
 Uganda 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
 Angola 6 1 4 1 7 5 +2 7
 Liberia 6 1 1 4 3 9 −6 4
  Angola Liberia Senegal Uganda
Angola  3–0* 1–1 1–1
Liberia  0–0 0–2 2–0
Senegal  1–1 3–1 1–0
Uganda  2–1 1–0 1–1


Third round[edit]

The third round saw the 10 group winners from the second round drawn into five home-and-away ties. The winners of each tie advanced to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Seeding[edit]

The draw of the play-offs was held on 16 September 2013 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo.[8] The teams were seeded based on the September 2013 edition of the FIFA Ranking (shown below in brackets).[9][10]

Pot 1 Pot 2

 Ivory Coast (19)
 Ghana (24)
 Algeria (28)
 Nigeria (36)
 Tunisia (46)

 Egypt (50)
 Burkina Faso (51)
 Cameroon (61)
 Senegal (66)
 Ethiopia (93)

Matches[edit]

The matches were played in the periods of 11–15 October and 16–19 November 2013.[2][11]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ivory Coast  4–2  Senegal 3–1 1–1
Ethiopia  1–4  Nigeria 1–2 0–2
Tunisia  1–4  Cameroon 0–0 1–4
Ghana  7–3  Egypt 6–1 1–2
Burkina Faso  3–3 (a)  Algeria 3–2 0–1

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 365 goals in 152 matches, for an average of 2.34 goals per match.

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

References[edit]

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