The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the playoff phase of the African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup slated for the Latin American country, Brazil. Both qualified CAF and the glaring stupidity of one of their first round opponents Togo and Cape Verde who in this day and age can be line up disqualified players. Cameroon and Tunisia gained three vital points they could not get on the field of play.
The draws for the final round African qualifiers were done Monday, September 16 2013 at the CAF head office in Cairo, Egypt. At the close of the draws conducted by Gordon Savic, head of FIFA World Cup & Olympic Qualifiers Competitions, with assistance from CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani, Cameroon was paired against Tunisia, two sides who know themselves very well.
Tunisia bounced back into the world cup qualifiers though they lost their last group game against a spirited Cape Verdean Blue Sharks, 0-2. But an illegible player the Cape Verde Blue Sharks featured in their match against Tunisia cost them a possible place in Brazil 2014. Cape Verde shot to international prominence last year when they eliminated four times African nation’s cup winners Cameroon from the competitions.
Things turned sour for the Blue Sharks when Tunisia lodged a complaint to FIFA, questioning the eligibility of Cape Verdean defender, Fernando Varela, who should have sat out of the match after being red-carded in a qualifier match on March 24 2013 against Equatorial Guinea. Consequently, the match was awarded to Tunisia with a 3-0 victory and that easily qualified them for the playoffs.
Before they meet, Tunisia will need to hire a new coach after Nabil Maalou resigned following their shock 0-2 defeat by Cape Verde.
In the other qualifying matches, Ivory coast will meet old rivals Senegal, Ghana will meet Egypt, and African champions will plaay new kids on the block Burkina Faso
All the matches will be played in two rounds between October 11-November 19 2013.
Paul Put, coach of Burkina Faso, one of the continent’s most improved sides was cautiously philosophical about the encounter with Algeria. The Belgian told the press that, Algeria has a bigger football pedigree but that will not deter his players from putting up a fight. “It’s a balanced draw and in Algeria we will face a big football nation so that means we have to do our homework in preparing for these two big games of our lives. Burkinabe players have been active in preparations and we hope to take it from there and build on the self- belief we have got from reaching this stage and also reaching AFCON 2013 finals. This will motivate us to try harder to reach our first World Cup final,” he mentioned.
The five winners of the playoffs will repreent Africa during the FIFA world cup scheduled for Brazil next year.
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