Relive: African World Cup qualifiers playoff draw

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Sep 2013

The draw will be held at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo at 12:00 local time (10:00GMT)

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Nigeria seem the most fortunate having been paired with minows Ethiopia who have never reached the World Cup finals.

The Algerians have to expect a tough challenge from Burkina Faso who made a surprising run during the last Nations Cup after reaching the final of the competition.

Relief as Egypt and Algeria have been split apart to avoid any more tensions.

First teams play home first in 11-15 October and the return leg will be played in 15-19 November.






The draw started.

Videos are displayed showing the teams' performances during the group stage.

Savic and Amrani explain the procedure and are about to start the draw.

The ceremony started and the delegations are being presented. Nigeria and Senegal representatives haven’t shown up.

According to the CAF procedures the draw will be made as follows:

One ball from Pot 1 and one ball from Pot 2 will be drawn and placed into a central pot. The two balls will be stirred then drawn one by one. The first ball drawn from the central pot will be the home team for the first leg.

The Draw ceremony will be attended by FIFA Vice President and CAF chief, Issa Hayatou, FIFA Director of Competitions, Mustapha Fahmy. The Angolan Ambassador in Egypt will also attend as well as Egypt and Burkina Faso coaches Bob Bradley and Paul Put.

Gordon Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup & Olympic Qualifiers Competitions, will conduct the draw along with CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani.

Egypt is looking for their third World Cup ticket and their first since 1990. They missed the 2010 edition after losing to Algeria in an intense tie. (Read: Egypt might be drawn against Algeria again? No, please)

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Tunisia have been placed in Pot 1 while Egypt, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal and Ethiopia have been placed in Pot 2.

Today the CAF will conduct a draw for the third and final phase of the qualifiers. 10 teams has been divided in 2 pots according to the FIFA ranking to play five knock-out matches and the winners will qualify to the World Cup finals in Brazil.

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