Johannesburg - Five World Cup Africa qualifying facts ahead
of matchday 2 fixtures this week:
-- Matches between Algeria and Nigeria have produced some
unexpected results, including a 2-0 away victory for the 'Desert Foxes' in a
1982 qualifier and a 5-2 away triumph for the 'Super Eagles' in a 2006
-- Morocco boast an unbeaten record in four qualifying
matches against current Africa Cup of Nations holders the Ivory Coast, winning
4-1 at home in a 1974 eliminator and drawing three subsequent meetings.
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-- Islam Slimani of Algeria is the only one of the four
leading scorers in the 2018 Africa qualifying competition whose team are still
in contention for one of five places in Russia to be filled by African nations.
-- Cape Verde may have nosedived from first to 18th in the
African rankings this year, but they host Burkina Faso buoyed by a perfect
record against them, winning 1-0 at home and 2-1 away in 2006 qualifiers.
-- Among the greatest World Cup results achieved by Zambia
was a 4-1 thrashing of then African champions Cameroon in a 1986 qualifier. The
second leg was drawn 1-1, condemning the 'Indomitable Lions' to a shock early
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