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
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.