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Egypt handed favourable 2010 draw

Egyptian players celebrate winning the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in February
African champions Egypt will be satisfied with their draw
The draw for the final round of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations has taken place in Zurich, with Egypt being handed what many would consider to be the best of the five group draws.

The African champions will face Algeria, Zambia and Rwanda in Group C as they attempt to reach their third World Cup finals.

Cameroon, the highest ranked African country, were drawn against Morocco, Gabon and Togo.

Ghana will face Benin, who have cruised through the qualifiers to date, as well as Mali and Sudan.

Nigeria will face Tunisia, Kenya, and Mozambique, while 2006 World Cup finalists Ivory Coast will meet Guinea, Burkina Faso and Malawi.

Group A: Cameroon, Morocco, Gabon, Togo
Group B: Nigeria, Tunisia, Kenya, Mozambique
Group C: Egypt, Algeria, Zambia, Rwanda
Group D: Ghana, Mali, Benin, Sudan
Group E: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi
The 20 African nations remaining were drawn into five groups of four teams each.

The five group winners qualify directly for the 2010 World Cup finals, while the first three in each group will go to Angola to contest the Africa Cup of Nations in the same year.

Hosts South Africa qualify for the World Cup automatically, but were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the first group stage of qualifying.

The final round of qualifying matches will begin in March 2009.

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see also
Breakdown of 2010 World Cup draw
22 Oct 08 |  African
Zaki fears no one in 2010 draw
21 Oct 08 |  African
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
25 Apr 08 |  African
Seeds for 2010 qualifying named
14 Oct 08 |  African

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