1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African zone (CAF). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 22 CAF teams entered the competition (two withdrew). The African Zone was allocated 1 place (out of 16) in the final tournament.

There would be four rounds of play:

  • First Round, Second Round and Third Round: In each of these rounds, the teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the next round, until there would be 3 teams left.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Morocco  2–1  Senegal 0–0 2–1
Algeria  2–5  Guinea 1–0 1–5
Egypt  2–3  Tunisia 2–1 0–2
Sierra Leone  0–3  Ivory Coast 0–1 0–2
Kenya  2–1  Sudan 2–0 0–1
Tanzania  1–4  Ethiopia 1–1 0–0 0–3
Lesotho  1–6  Zambia 0–0 1–6
Nigeria  3–2  Congo-Brazzaville 2–1 1–1
Dahomey  1–10  Ghana 0–5 1–5
Togo  0–4  Zaire 0–0 0–4
Mauritius  w/o  Madagascar
Cameroon  w/o  Gabon

Morocco advanced to the Second Round.


Guinea advanced to the Second Round.


Tunisia advanced to the Second Round.


Ivory Coast advanced to the Second Round.


Kenya advanced to the Second Round.


The aggregate score was tied 1–1, and a play-off was played to decide who would advance to the Second Round.

Ethiopia advanced to the Second Round, via the play-off.


Zambia advanced to the Second Round.


Nigeria advanced to the Second Round.


Ghana advanced to the Second Round.


Zaire advanced to the Second Round.


Madagascar withdrew, so Mauritius advanced to the Second Round automatically.


Gabon withdrew, so Cameroon advanced to the Second Round automatically.

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Guinea  1–3  Morocco 1–1 0–2
Tunisia  2–3  Ivory Coast 1–1 1–2
Mauritius  3–5  Kenya 1–3 2–2
Ethiopia  2–4  Zambia 0–0 2–4
Nigeria  0–2  Ghana 0–2 0–0
Cameroon  1–3  Zaire 0–1 1–0 0–2

Morocco advanced to the Third Round.


Ivory Coast advanced to the Third Round.


Kenya advanced to the Third Round.


Zambia advanced to the Third Round.


Ghana advanced to the Third Round.


The aggregate score was tied 1–1, and a play-off was played to decide who would advance to the Third Round.

Zaire advanced to the Third Round.

Third round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ivory Coast  2–5  Morocco 1–1 1–4
Zambia  4–2  Kenya 2–0 2–2
Ghana  2–4  Zaire 1–0 1–4

Morocco advanced to the Final Round.


Zambia advanced to the Final Round.


Zaire advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Zaire 8 4 4 0 0 9 1 +8
2  Zambia 2 4 1 0 3 5 6 −1
3  Morocco 2 4 1 0 3 2 9 −7





Zaire qualified.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Kenya – Mauritius match was officiated by a local referee.
  2. ^ The first leg was abandoned in the 85th minute due to riots. Subsequently, FIFA awarded a 2–0 win for the tie to Ghana.
  3. ^ Morocco resigned from the competition before this match, and accordingly FIFA awarded Zaire a 2–0 win for the match.