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The road to Germany/Egypt 2006
The African Cup of Nations trop
Sixteen teams will fight for this trophy in Egypt
Under pressure to fall in line with Fifa's international calendar, Africa staged a joint qualifying series for the Nations Cup and World Cup for the first time ever.

While the five group winners qualify for the World Cup finals in Germany, the top three in each group go to the 25th Nations Cup in Egypt.

Libya qualify from Group Three despite finishing only fourth as hosting the the Nations Cup gives Egypt automatic entry.

Tunisia are the reigning African champions, having won the 2004 tournament on home soil.


World Cup qualifiers
Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Angola, Tunisia.

African Cup of Nations qualifiers
Egypt, Togo, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, DR Congo, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Libya, Angola, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Morocco, Guinea


GROUP 1

P W D L GF GA Pts
Togo 10 7 2 1 20 8 23
Senegal 10 6 3 1 21 8 21
Zambia 10 6 1 3 16 10 19
Congo 10 3 1 6 10 14 10
Mali 10 2 2 6 11 14 8
Liberia 10 1 1 8 3 27 4

Results:

2004
June 5: Senegal 2-0 Congo; Zambia 1-0 Togo
June 6: Liberia 1-0 Mali
June 19: Mali 1-1 Zambia
June 20: Congo 3-0 Liberia; Togo 3-1 Senegal
July 3: Senegal 1-0 Zambia
July 4: Congo 1-0 Mali; Liberia 0-0 Togo
September 4: Zambia 1-0 Liberia
September 5: Mali 2-2 Senegal; Togo 2-0 Congo
October 10: Congo 2-3 Zambia; Liberia 0-3 Senegal
Togo 1-0 Mali

2005
March 26: Senegal 6-1 Liberia; Zambia 2-0 Congo
March 27: Mali 1-2 Togo
June 5: Mali 4-1 Liberia; Congo 0-0 Senegal
Togo 4-1 Zambia
June 18: Senegal 2-2 Togo; Zambia 2-1 Mali
June 19: Liberia 0-2 Congo
September 3: Zambia 0-1 Senegal; Mali 2-0 Congo
September 4: Togo 3-0 Liberia
October 1: Liberia 0-5 Zambia
October 8: Senegal 3-0 Mali; Congo 2-3 Togo

Summary: Very few people gave Togo any chance when they were drawn with Senegal, Zambia and Mali. Following their sensational World Cup exploits in 2002, all the smart money was on the Teranga Lions. But the Hawks - inspired by Emmanuel Adebayor - recovered from a 1-0 defeat to Zambia in their opening match to secure top spot and the sole World Cup ticket.


GROUP 2

  P W D L GF GA Pts
Ghana 10 6 3 1 17 4 21
DR Congo 10 4 4 2 14 10 16
South Africa 10 5 1 4 12 14 16
Burkina Faso 10 4 1 5 14 13 13
Cape Verde 10 3 1 6 8 15 10
Uganda 10 2 2 6 6 15 8

Results:

2004
June 5: South Africa 2-1 Cape Verde
Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana
June 6: Uganda 1-0 DR Congo
June 19: Cape Verde 1-0 Uganda
June 20:Ghana 3-0 South Africa; DR Congo 3-2 Burkina Faso
July 3: South Africa 2-0 Burkina Faso; Uganda 1-1 Ghana; Cape Verde 1-1 DR Congo
September 4: Burkina Faso 2-0 Uganda
September 5: Ghana 2-0 Cape Verde
DR Congo 1-0 South Africa
October 9: Cape Verde 1-0 Burkina Faso
October 10: Ghana 0-0 DR Congo; Uganda 0-1 South Africa

2005
March 26: South Africa 2-1 Uganda
Burkina Faso 2-1 Cape Verde
March 27: DR Congo 1-1 Ghana
June 4: Cape Verde 1-2 South Africa
June 5: Ghana 2-1 Burkina Faso; DR Congo 4-0 Uganda
June 18: South Africa 0-2 Ghana; Uganda 1-0 Cape Verde; Burkina Faso 2-0 DR Congo
September 3: Burkina Faso 3-1 South Africa
September 4: Ghana 2-0 Uganda; DR Congo 2-1 Cape Verde
October 8: South Africa 2-2 DR Congo; Uganda 2-2 Burkina Faso; Cape Verde 0-4 Ghana

Summary: Having hit the ground running by beating the Cape Verde Islands 2-1, South Africa seemed to be on their way to Germany. But the wheels came off the Bafana Bafana wagon after a crushing 3-0 defeat in Ghana in their second match. The Black Stars made the most of South Africa's erratic form and went into their final qualifier virtually assured of the group's World Cup ticket. The Cape Verde were desperately unlucky to have missed out on a Nations Cup place.


GROUP 3

P W D L GF GA Pts
Ivory Coast 10 7 1 2 20 7 22
Cameroon 10 6 3 1 18 10 21
Egypt 10 5 2 3 26 15 17
Libya 10 3 3 3 8 10 12
Sudan 10 1 3 6 6 22 6
Benin 10 1 2 7 9 23 5

Results:

2004
June 6: Ivory Coast 2-0 Libya; Sudan 0-3 Egypt
Cameroon 2-1 Benin
June 18: Libya 0-0 Cameroon
June 20: Benin 1-1 Sudan; Egypt 1-2 Ivory Coast
July 3: Sudan 0-1 Libya
July 4: Benin 3-3 Egypt; Cameroon 2-0 Ivory Coast
September 3: Libya 4-1 Benin
September 5: Ivory Coast 5-0 Sudan; Egypt 3-2 Cameroon
October 8: Libya 2-1 Egypt
October 9: Sudan 1-1 Cameroon
October 10: Benin 0-1 Ivory Coast

2005
March 27: Ivory Coast 3-0 Benin; Cameroon 2-1 Sudan
Egypt 4-1 Libya
June 3: Libya 0-0 Ivory Coast
June 4: Benin 1-4 Cameroon
June 5 Egypt 6-1 Sudan
June 19: Ivory Coast 2-0 Egypt; Cameroon 1-0 Libya
August 17: Sudan 1-0 Benin
September 2: Libya 0-0 Sudan
September 4: Ivory Coast 2-3 Cameroon; Egypt 4-1 Benin
October 8: Sudan 1-3 Ivory Coast; Cameroon 1-1 Egypt
October 9: Benin 1-0 Libya

Summary: The Ivory Coast's long wait for a World Cup finals place ended in dramatic style when Cameroon missed a last-gasp penalty and drew 1-1 with Egypt in their final fixture. This allowed the Elephants to steal the ticket to Germany after trampling Sudan 3-1. Egypt's campaign, meanwhile, went pear-shaped after inexplicably drawing 3-3 with Benin and losing 2-1 to Libya. The Libyans did extremely well to finish above Sudan and appear at the Nations Cup for the first time since hosting the event in 1982.


GROUP 4

P W D L GF GA Pts
Angola 10 6 3 1 12 6 21
Nigeria 10 6 3 1 21 7 21
Zimbabwe 10 4 3 3 13 14 15
Gabon 10 2 4 4 11 13 10
Algeria 10 1 5 4 8 15 8
Rwanda 10 1 2 7 6 16 5

Results:

2004
June 5: Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda; Gabon 1-1 Zimbabwe
Algeria 0-0 Angola
June 19: Rwanda 3-1 Gabon
June 20: Zimbabwe 1-1 Algeria; Angola 1-0 Nigeria
July 3: Nigeria 1-0 Algeria; Gabon 2-2 Angola
Rwanda 0-2 Zimbabwe
September 5: Algeria 0-3 Gabon; Zimbabwe 0-3 Nigeria
Angola 1-0 Rwanda
October 9: Gabon 1-1 Nigeria; Rwanda 1-1 Algeria
October 10: Angola 1-0 Zimbabwe

2005
March 26: Nigeria 2-0 Gabon
March 27: Zimbabwe 2-0 Angola; Algeria 1-0 Rwanda
June 5: Zimbabwe 1-0 Gabon; Angola 2-1 Algeria
Rwanda 1-1 Nigeria
June 18: Nigeria 1-1 Angola; Gabon 3-0 Rwanda
June 19: Algeria 2-2 Zimbabwe
September 4: Zimbabwe 3-1 Rwanda; Angola 3-0 Gabon
Algeria 2-5 Nigeria
October 8: Nigeria 5-1 Zimbabwe; Gabon 0-0 Algeria
Rwanda 0-1 Angola

Summary: Angola produced one of the biggest shocks in African football by qualifying for the World Cup finals at the expense of Nigeria. Both Nigeria and Angola finished on 21 points but the Palancas Negras went through to Germany courtesy of their superior head-to-head record against the Super Eagles. They beat Nigeria 1-0 in Luanda and drew 1-1 in Abuja. Zimbabwe held their nerve to secure third place but Algeria disappointed yet again and will not be in Egypt next year.


GROUP 5

P W D L GF GA Pts
Tunisia 10 6 3 1 25 9 21
Morocco 10 5 5 0 17 7 20
Guinea 10 5 2 3 15 10 17
Kenya 10 3 1 6 8 17 10
Botswana 10 3 0 7 10 18 9
Malawi 10 1 3 6 12 26 6

Results:

2004
June 5: Malawi 1-1 Morocco; Tunisia 4-1 Botswana
June 19: Botswana 2-0 Malawi
June 20: Guinea 2-1 Tunisia
July 3: Malawi 1-1 Guinea; Botswana 0-1 Morocco
September 4: Morocco 1-1 Tunisia; Kenya 3-2 Malawi
September 5: Guinea 4-0 Botswana
October 9: Malawi 2-2 Tunisia; Botswana 2-1 Kenya
October 10: Guinea 1-1 Morocco
November 17: Kenya 2-1 Guinea

2005
February 9: Morocco 5-1 Kenya
March 26: Morocco 1-0 Guinea; Kenya 1-0 Botswana
Tunisia 7-0 Malawi
June 4:Botswana 1-3 Tunisia; Morocco 4-1 Malawi
June 5: Guinea 1-0 Kenya
June 11: Tunisia 2-0 Guinea
June 18: Malawi 1-3 Botswana; Kenya 0-0 Morocco
August 17: Tunisia 1-0 Kenya
September 3: Morocco 1-0 Botswana; Kenya 0-2 Tunisia
September 4: Guinea 3-1 Malawi
October 8: Malawi 3-0 Kenya; Tunisia 2-2 Morocco
Botswana 1-2 Guinea

Summary: Results in this group very much followed the form book as the battle for supremacy went down to the wire. Tunisia and Morocco met on the final day with the World Cup place on the line. Incredibly, the Atlas Lions finished their fixtures unbeaten but failed to top the group because of costly draws in Malawi and Kenya. Kenya made history in this campaign when their home tie against Tunisia was played in an empty stadium. Fifa imposed the punishment following crowd trouble at Kenya's home tie against Morocco.



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