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Africa decides representatives for Brazil 2014

15 November 2013, 15:33Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The continent of Africa is set to produce the five representatives for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Action will go down this weekend as three places will be decided, while the fourth and fifth will be known on Tuesday November 19.

The first place will be confirmed when Nigeria host Ethiopia in Calabar on Saturday. The African champions are tipped to pick the ticket as they hold a 2-1 advantage after beating Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on October 13.

The next tie on Saturday will be Senegal up against Ivory Coast in a West African derby.

The game will be played in Casablanca, Morocco following the banishment of Senegal from hosting the game in their home due to fans trouble.

Ivory Coast were closed to grabbing a 3-0 victory in the first leg, but Senegal pulled one back to set up a tough clash on Saturday. A 2-0 result in favour of Senegal will be enough to see them through to Brazil, but the fact that the game will be played on a neutral ground makes it pretty difficult to overturn a 3-1 first leg score-line.

Action will continue on Sunday where a Samuel Eto’o inspired Cameroon host Tunisia.

Cameroon forced a goalless draw in the first leg played in Rades on October 13, and this game is open to both teams but for the West Africans’ home advantage.

A score draw will land Tunisia in Brazil, while an outright victory will see Cameroun through.

The last countries will be decided on Tuesday as Egypt welcome Ghana to the Air Defense stadium in Cairo, while Algeria play host to Burkina Faso.

Ghana hold a massive 6-1 advantage that may make the return leg a mere formality. To overturn the result, Egypt need a 5-0 win.

It looks a done deal for Ghana though, but in football anything can happen, especially when it is against a Bob Bradley handled Egyptian side.

The final place will be sealed when Algeria play host to Burkina Faso.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) silver medalists managed to secure a 3-2 win in the first leg on October 12 to set up a tight contest on Tuesday.

A 1-0 victory is enough to see any side through to Brazil with Algeria seeking to make use of the home advantage. But Burkina Faso will do everything possible to prove their success story at AFCON in February was no fluke.

After a rigorous qualification process, all the five African countries are expected to give the continent better representation in Brazil come 2014.

All fixtures:

Nigeria v Ethiopia (1500 GMT) - 16/11/13

Senegal v Ivory Coast (Casablanca, 1900) - 16/11/13

Cameroon v Tunisia (1430) - 17/11/13

Egypt v Ghana (1600) - 19/11/13

Algeria v Burkina Faso (1815) - 19/11/13


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