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Africa presents strong representatives for Brazil 2014

20 November 2013, 13:56Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Africa will be able to boast with several strong teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil after the completion of the playoffs on Tuesday.

Five countries – Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria - will shoulder the responsibility of the continent who have not gone beyond the quarter-final stage at the event.

Nigeria finished 4-1 on aggregate over Ethiopia to make it to a fifth world cup after conquering the continent in February. The Stephen Keshi-led Super Eagles beat their East African opposition 2-1 in the first leg in Addis Ababa in October, and better the result with a 2-0 victory in the return leg in Calabar on Saturday.

Ivory Coast followed suit with a 1-1 draw against Senegal on Saturday, which ensured a 4-2 victory on aggregate.

Cameroon joined the party after beating Tunisia 4-1 on Sunday in Yaounde. The sides had played a goalless draw in Rades during the first leg in October.

Ghana, who have already finished the job in a 6-1 win in the first leg in Kumasi, fell 2-1 to Egypt in the return leg played in Cairo and consequently confirmed their place in Brazil on a 7-3 aggregate.

Algeria completed the number of African countries to Brazil with a 1-0 slim win over Burkina Faso on Tuesday. The first leg had ended 3-2 in favour of the West African country, but the North Africans go through on away goals rule after a 3-3 aggregate score-line.

With the five African teams confirmed, the world can expect a fierce contest from the continent.

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