2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF First Round

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This page provides the summaries of the CAF First Round matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification and the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

Format[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:[1]

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.[2] 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.

The winners advanced to the Second Round.

Matches[edit]

14 October 2007
14:30 UTC+3
Madagascar  6 – 2  Comoros
Andriantsima Goal 30'40'49' (pen.)57'
Rakotomandimby Goal 65'
Tsaralaza Goal 79'
Report Midtadi Goal 6'
Ibor Goal 53' (pen.)

17 November 2007
15:00 UTC+3
Comoros  0 – 4  Madagascar
Report Nomenjanaharay Goal 38'52'
Rakotomandimby Goal 62'
Robson Goal 74'

Madagascar won 10 – 2 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.


16 November 2007
16:00 UTC+3
Djibouti  1 – 0  Somalia
H. Yassin Goal 84' Report

Djibouti advanced to the Second Round. This tie was played as a one leg tie in Djibouti, as Somalia was not deemed suitable for FIFA matches.


17 October 2007
16:30 UTC+0
Sierra Leone  1 – 0  Guinea-Bissau
Conteh Goal 15' Report
National Stadium, Freetown
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Sule Mana (Nigeria)

17 November 2007
16:30 UTC+0
Guinea-Bissau  0 – 0  Sierra Leone
Report
Estádio 24 de Setembro, Bissau
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Josepf Odartei (Ghana)

Sierra Leone won 1 – 0 on aggregate and advanced to the Second Round.

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 14 goals scored over 5 games, for an average of 2.80 goals per game.

4 goals
2 goals
1 goals

References[edit]