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African World Cup qualifiers

By Farayi Mungazi

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Latest:
FT: Egypt 2-0 Algeria
FT: Sudan 1-2 Benin
FT: Burkina Faso 1-0 Malawi
FT: Ivory Coast 3-0 Guinea
FT: Morocco 0-2 Cameroon
FT: Togo 1-0 Gabon
FT: Rwanda 0-0 Zambia
FT: Kenya 2-3 Nigeria
FT: Mozambique 1-0 Tunisia


1936: Final whistle! Africa's final World Cup spot will be decided in a play-off match in Sudan on Wednesday!

1935: GOAL! Egypt scores! Emad Moteab scores for Egypt. Egypt 2-nil.

1900: Final whistle in Sudan.Final score Sudan 1-2 Benin.

Hassan Imedi in Malawi "Congratulations to Malawi for qualifying for The African Cup of nations. I am proud of my country, I only wish they would go all the way to the final."

1851: Egypt make a substitution. Mohamed Barakat replaces Mohamed Homos.

Peter Fikilini in UAE "Flames good show for booking a place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January 2010 despite a loss against Burkina Faso."

1830: GOAL! Benin's Romuald Boco scores on 62 minutes to make it Sudan 1-2 Benin.

Josh Nsuh in the US via email: "Congrats to Cameroon and Cameroonians. You deserve the victory and great job to Paul le Guen for choosing the right squad. Welcome to SA 2010. Defend your title and prove that you are Africa's number one when it comes to football. Allez Les Lions Indomptable!"

Aliyu in the UK via email: "Unlike Dennis (below) I do not think Farayi Mungazi should be fired for his incapacity to accurately predict who would qualify for the World Cup. Instead, his BBC African football web page should be upgraded so that he can post more comments from people like me."

1758: Malawi are going to the African Cup of Nations despite losing to Burkina Faso, aided by Guinea's defeat to the Ivorians.

1757: Egypt still lead midway through the first half in Cairo but Algeria are fighting back after recovering from the shock of conceding that second-minute goal from Zaki.

1750: Mudathir El Tahir cancels out Razak Omotoyossi's opening goal to make it 1-1 in Khartoum.

1732: GOAL! Amr Zaki sends 80,000 fans at the Cairo stadium wild with delight as he gives the home team the lead.

1730: The mother of all clashes is underway in Cairo and Egypt are begin the match like a house on fire, attacking the Algerian goal.

1727: It is all over in Fes and Lome. Cameroon beat Morocco and qualify for a record-breaking sixth World Cup appearance. Togo seal their African Nations Cup place with victory over Gabon.

Dennis Okolo in Lesotho via email: "Farayi Mungazi should resign from his job. He does not know anything about football. He predicted that Nigeria and Cameroon will not qualify. Shame on him. He should be fired from his job. God is the almighty, not you!"

The BBC's Nick Cavell: Farayi might be eating humble pie but I'm happy to say "I told you so...". I want to know if Nigerian fans want Shaibu Amodu to lead the Super Eagles in Angola and South Africa next year...?

1714: GOAL! Flyod Ayite looks to have sunk whatever hopes Gabon had of going to South Africa. Cameroon can start celebrations because it is almost full time in both matches.

1711: Time for me to eat some humble pie. I predicted that Nigeria would not qualify for South Africa but let me take this opportunity to congratulate every Nigerian. Thanks, Super Eagles, for making me eat my words.

Philip Uwumarogie in Nigeria via email: "Come on BBC, post one of my comments. Go Algeria, use the attack against you as inspiration. I like the Egyptians but they were wrong to turn this to a war instead of a football match."

Bisong Etahoben in Cameroon via email: "I did predict in my earlier posting that Cameroon will score two goals. They have done just that and I am almost certain they will win by that score. Allez Les Lions!"

1707: As things stand, Cameroon are headed for South Africa unless they experience a catastrophic collapse in Fes, and Gabon conjure up an equally heroic display in Lome. The Indomitable Lions are now running down the clock against a poor Moroccan side.

Olivia in the UK via email: "Hi you guys, stop all these jokes about God and get back to the reason for you being on this forum - football. Any latest with Cameroon?

Ahmed in the UK via email: I'm half Egyptian but I'm going to support Algeria they are better. Come on Algeriaaaaaaa!"

Elijah Igwe in the UK via email: "You can claim GodD comes from your neighbourhood; it does not make anybody a fool because God is everywhere. Claim him if you want and you are right to do so."

Isaac Shawa via email: "How can God be a west African? Don't just mention the name of God in vain. Why are you in the UK leaving your God in west Africa? Stop making ridiculous comments about Africa."

Victor Mhango, Leeds UK via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: It's time to book a hotel room in Angola, thanks to the Elephants for the job and we're in; Here comes Malawi!"

Pacharo in Lilongwe via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "So far so good for my beloved Malawi. I'm actually clutching my vuvuzela ready to explode at the 90-minute mark. Go Flames, go!"

The BBC's Piers Edwards in Maputo: "Party time in Maputo. Fans flooding the streets around the Machava stadium, whistling, drinking, barbeque, blowing vuvuzelas and waving flags. The Mambas are going to the African Cup of Nations."

1644: GOAL! Cameroon well on their way to a record sixth World Cup appearance, thanks to a header from Samuel Eto'o after a corner kick from Geremi. Morocco look dead and buried, and not even a miracle of Lazarus proportions is likely to resurrect the Atlas Lions now."

Karibu in Tanzania via email: "Some comments put me off. Who said God is a west or east or south or north African? This makes other people conclude that we, blacks, don't use our brain!"

Teymour El Derini via email: "I pity the fool who doesn't see how Egypt will come out winners today, 4-1."

Lamin Jaiteh in Morocco via email: "I prefer Algeria to qualify ahead of Egypt because the Algerian players are very fast and energetic."

A Dakhil in the UK via email: "I'm an Iraqi but am supporting Algeria! Come on Algeria!"

1631: GOAL! Goal number for the Elephants and goal number two for Gervinho. This looks easy for the Ivorians, even without the injured Didier Drogba.

Sani from Birmingham UK via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "I never doubted what the result would be in Maputo; I only feared the Super Eagles would throw the game away from a winning position. God help them next year."

Babafad from the UK via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: God is a West African! First Ghana, then the Ivory Coast and now Nigeria, with probably Cameroon to follow. Potentially fourof Africa's World Cup qualifiers will be coming from that part of the continent."

1625: Half time in Lome and Fes. As things stand, Cameroon are heading to South Africa but as we saw earlier, things can change in the blink of an eye. It may not be a great idea to start counting any chickens.

Daniel in Zambia via email: Thank God Zambia has made it to Angola 2010 but we are not going to achieve anything there because we have a lot of problems. The FA need to put its house in order; the coach is a joker and we do not have the right players in the team."

1616: GOAL! Gervinho fires the Ivory Coast into the lead.

Samuel Ngoma from Zambia via email: "I invalidate the words of Yaseen who says Zambia will be kicked out in the first round in Angola. I refuse that curse in Jesus' name!

1608: With half time approaching, it looks grim for the Atlas Lions in Fes. They have had a miserable qualifying campaign and that winless streak looks set to be extended today in their own backyard. In Lome, Gabon are doing their best dislodge Togo but the Hawks are refusing to lie down and play dead.

Caliph in the US via email: "I woke up very early today to watch African World Cup qualifiers and I'm loving it so far. Waiting for Egypt v Algeria!"

Chanda Bunda in Zambia: "I'm a Zambian and a proud one. Angola here we come!"

Kibara in London via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "Kenya have good players but there is too much politics and corruption in the game."

1550: GOAL! Achille Webo on target, in off the post, as Cameroon take the lead against Morocco in Fes. There are at least 25,000 fans in the stadium, allowed in free of charge.

Yaseen in Zambia via email: "Even after qualifying for Angola, I feel Zambia will be kicked out in the first round. There are big problems and even God will not help Zambia."

BBC Fast Track's Matthew Kenyon: What an amazing day so far! Don't forget to tune into Fast Track at 1820 GMT on Sunday and 1600 GMT on Monday to get all the reaction and put your point to Africa on the BBC World Service!

Peter Karino in Nairobi via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "Congrats to the Harambee Stars, you did it but the referee did it for the Super Eagles."

Joseph from Nigeria via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: Shame to those Ghanaians and Cameroonians who said my dear Super Eagles would not make it to the World Cup. But the NFF must give us a new coach."

Wale from the UK via text +44 77 86 0 20 08: "Nigeria's qualification has just proved to me that miracles still happen."

1530: Play is underway between Morocco and Cameroon and between Togo and Gabon. Plenty at stake in this group. Cameroon will qualify if they win but any slip up could see Gabon doing a 'Nigeria' and sneaking into South Africa.

15:29: Full time in Kigali where it finished goalless between Rwanda and Zambia. The Chipolopolo qualify for the African Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

1525: Still goalless in Rwanda. Home fans start booing their coach.

Golden Cyprian Egbe from Nigeria via email: "God is a Nigerian, He promised us 2010 World Cup participation and now we are there. Thank you, Lord."

Femi Adebayo in Nigeria via email: "Cant believe this. God must really be a Nigerian. Congratulations to the Super Eagles, let's hope for a great World Cup."

Edward Ogbee in the UK via email: "It was resilience, hard work and luck that saw Nigeria through."

1456: It is full time in Nairobi and Nigeria are on their way to the World Cup after beating Kenya 3-2.

1455: Drama in Maputo where the final whistle has gone. Mozambique beat Tunisia 1-0 to book a place at the African Cup of Nations in Angola. But Tunisia are out of the World Cup.

1448: GOAL! Obafemi Martins restores Nigeria's lead in this enthralling match in Nairobi. They are into stoppage time in Maputo where Tunisia are still trailing.

1444: GOAL! Dario complicates matters for Tunisia by giving Mozambique the lead in Maputo. But it is all square in Nairobi where Allan Wetende has equalised for the home side. Nigeria need a goal to qualify.

Adeyemi Adebayo from Nigeria via email: "Can this be that miracle that I have never seen before?"

Anand T in the UK via email: "Wonderful news. Two goals in quick succession. Come on Super Eagles, stay focused on this game and let events in the other game take care of themselves."

1429: GOAL! Yakubu Ayegbeni fires the Super Eagles into the lead but the Kenyans surround the referee asking him to disallow the goal for offside. Angry Kenya fans throw missiles on to the pitch but the game carries on after the missiles are cleared from the field of play.

1428: GOAL! Obafemi Martins equalises for the Super Eagles in Nairobi, the goal created by the impressive Osaze Odemwingie.

1423: Ali Zitouni fires the first shot on target for the Tunisians but Mozambique continue to dominate in front of their fans. This is a dangerous game that the North Africans are playing.

1420: Half time in Kigali: Rwanda 0-0 Zambia

Jones Mpakateni in Kenya via email: "As a Zambian I hope we beat Rwanda to prove that we are still a powerhouse. If not, questions about the way forward with the current football association and the coaching bench will continue. Go Zambia! Go Chipolopolo!"

1419: Zambia captain Christopher Katongo's goal disallowed for offside. Coach Herve Renard leads protests against the decision.

1418: As things stand, Nigeria are heading for World Cup disaster. A point for Tunisia will take them to South Africa.

Inas Mazhar, BBC Fast Track reporter in Cairo: "Three hours before kick-off here and the Cairo International stadium is full."

Ahmed Babatunde from Nigeria via email: "I cannot join the multitude of Nigerians praying for Tunisia to fail. It is time we do things the right way. We are blessed with very good, young hungry players but we choose to deceive ourselves that Kanu of 10 years back is still the same as today."

Piers Edwards, BBC Fast Track reporter at Machava stadium: "The Tunisians need to improve on their first half showing because it was pretty dismal."

Rita Haruna in Nigeia via email: "There is still hope for Nigeria to win the game. I believe in Nigeria's fighting spirit."

1400: The second half is underway in Maputo and so far so good for Tunisia. They have also resumed play in Nairobi.

Peter in Ghana via email: "The way the Nigerians are playing, I don't think they are ready to fight for qualification. I hope they win but I think the Tunisians will go through."

1400: Rwanda continue to look more threatening than the Zambians. Chipolopolo goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene is angry with his defenders and tells them off for some slack marking.

Charles Mafa from Zambia via email: "I hope Zambia lose so that we could reorganise things. There is a lot of confusion in the FA and the national team as well."

1352: It is still goalless in Kigali where Rwanda have had four shots on target so far. Zambia's Rainford Kalaba is yellow-carded for rough play.

1350: The half time whistle is blown in Nairobi as Kenya hang on to their one goal advantage. Plenty of work to do for the Super Eagles after the break.

Piers Edwards, BBC Fast Track reporter at Machava stadium: "It's been an entertaining game here with Mozambique very much on top, creating most of the chances."

1346: Kenyan appeals for a penalty are ignored by the referee who rules that Joseph Yobo's challenge on Dennis Oliech was legal.

Half time in Maputo: Mozambique 0-0 Tunisia

Christopher in Malaysia via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "Can anyone tell me why Kenya are leading 1-0? God really needs to help us."

1344: As half time approaches, Mozambique come close to scoring the opening goal. Dario's close range shot is brilliantly blocked by Mikari. Genito's volley is well blocked too. Important moment. Meanwhile, in Nairobi Nigeria pile on the pressure with Osaze Odemwingie forcing a brilliant save from Kenyan goalkeeper Willis Ochieng.

Harry from Zambia via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "I hope Zambia win so we can go to the African Cup."

1335: Rwanda and Zambia are underway in Kigali with both teams chasing a place at the African Cup of Nations finals in Angola.

Amando in Nigeria via email: "Nigeria are a goal down but I know they will win and qualify for South Africa."

Timmy in Spain via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "I pray that Nigeria qualify but the way they are playing now is not impressive."

1327: Dario misses chance for Mozambique. Then flights nice free kick just over the bar. Tunisia yet to have a shot on goal.

1323: GOAL! Kenya poke their noses in front through Dennis Oliech who finishes off a fine move. Game on!

1317: Great start for the Harambee Stars in Nairobi, urged on by a boisterous home crowd. But Nigeria respond as Yakubu Ayegbeni fires his shot wide off the post.

1314: Jenny Horrocks, BBC Fast Track producer: "I just hope Africa gets the best representation that it can for South Africa. I'm full of nerves and excitement at the moment."

The game has kicked off in Maputo as Tunisia look to break the hearts of millions of Nigerians. Nigeria and Kenya are also underway in Nairobi. This is clearly not a day for the faint-hearted!

Patrick Omoke in Nigeria via email: "I prayed all night that God should save the emotions of 160 million Nigerians by granting us qualification to South Africa. Mozambique must play with the same zeal and flair they displayed against Nigeria. We are watching!"

Daniel Forson in the UK via email: "I hope the referees live up to expectation and do not wilt under pressure from fanatical home fans. We want the best teams to represent Africa at this World Cup."

Tarik Derradji in the UK via email: "Algeria will not only qualify today but they will win the match. Egyptian fans and players are scared."

Isaac Shima in Lagos via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "Nigeria will beat Kenya to qualify. God will be on our side."

Taiwo in Canada via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "Is not Nigeria's destiny to go to the World Cup? I think it is."

Tunde in the US via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "I've come to terms with the fact that Nigeria is not going anywhere, so should everyone else."

Piers Edwards, BBC Fast Track reporter in Maputo: "A din of boos rings out as Tunisia come out to warm up. Mozambique are greeted by the ever ubiquitous vuvuzela. Machava stadium less than half full but that will change. Cracking atmosphere though as ole's ring out all around."

Daniel Palmarini in the UK via email: "I don't think that any African team can can do well at the World Cup even if it's being organised on their own continent, but I hope to see Nigeria in South Africa."

Hassanali in Tanzania via email: "I wish we could have a World Cup for underdogs, otherwise countries like ours, Tanzania, won't ever participate in any big tournament till the end of this world!"

Casoni in the UK via email: "I hope Cameroon qualify for the World Cup because they are a world-class team that can create a sensation at the World Cup."

Bulus from Nigeria via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "BBC, please tell the Super Eagles to forget about the World Cup because they will disgrace the African continent."

William Lungu in Zambia via email: "I have a strong belief that Zambia will beat Rwanda and qualify for the African Nations Cup. Zambia will triumph by one goal."

Tafara Chirinda in Nairobi via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "I'm at Kasarani stadium and I've got a feeling that the Nigerians will win the match despite a strong Kenyan crowd. Go Naija, Go!"

Olatawura from Nigeria via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "Only God can make the Super Eagles qualify."

Jorge Cossa in Maputo via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "The Mambas will beat Tunisia 2-0 and then all of Mozambique will have a big party!"

1137: Here are the World Cup permutations:

Group A: Morocco v Cameroon; Togo v Gabon

A win for Cameroon will take them to South Africa but if they fail to win and Gabon beat Togo, then Gabon will make it. If Cameroon lose and Gabon draw then it will come down to goal difference; if both draw, Cameroon will go through.

Group B: Mozambique v Tunisia; Kenya v Nigeria

A win for Tunisia will take them to the World Cup but if they draw and Nigeria win, then Nigeria will go through with a better goal difference. If Tunisia lose and Nigeria win, then the Super Eagles will go through.

Group C: Egypt v Algeria:

A win by 3 goals for Egypt will take them through but if they (Egypt) win by 2 goals then the World Cup place will be determined by a play-off in Sudan on Wednesday 18 November. A win by a one-goal margin for Egypt, a draw or a win for Algeria will send the Algerians to South Africa.

Salieu Jalloh in the US via email: "It is sad to see the best team in Africa playing the game of their lives just to reach South Africa. Egypt should have been where Ghana and Ivory Coast are today. What an awful shame."

Inas Mazhar, BBC Fast Track reporter in Cairo: "Thousands of fans are already outside the Cairo stadium but gates are still locked. Many of them have not slept, they spent the whole night singing and chanting."

Pastor Godson in Nigeria via email: "Nigeria my country must be in South Africa come rain or sunshine. So also Cameroon."

Borax from Guildford, UK via text + 44 77 86 20 20 08: "The only reason I want to see the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the World Cup is because I'm Nigerian. Other than that, they don't deserve to be there. Three draws from five games is nowhere near good enough. Having said that, maybe the best team qualify."

1110: Egypt must beat Algeria by three goals in Cairo in Group C to qualify. A draw or a one-goal defeat will be enough for Algeria to reach South Africa, since they lead the Pharaohs by three points.

But should Egypt win by two goals, then the teams will meet in a one-game play-off in Sudan on Wednesday. By the way, Egypt and Algeria clash for a World Cup place, exactly 20 years after a similar make-or-break match between the teams sparked riots.

James in Jos, Nigeria via text +44 77 86 20 20 08: "If Nigeria fail to win, I'll feel sorry for Osaze Odemwingie because he has given his all. I wish he was captain of the team."

Jimmy Don in Nigeria: "I believe that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will come out with flying colours, against all odds. On the other hand, Mozambique will triumph over Tunisia with a narrow 1-0 win."

1106: Here is a reminder of this weekend's action:

Group A
Morocco v Cameroon (1530)
Togo v Gabon (1530)

Group B
Kenya v Nigeria (1300)
Mozambique v Tunisia (1300)

Group C
Rwanda v Zambia (1330)
Egypt v Algeria (1730)

Group D
Sudan v Benin (1700)

Group E
Burkina Faso v Malawi (1600)
Ivory Coast v Guinea (1600)

Nkem Nwosu in Nigeria via email: "It is only God that Can give My Country Nigeria this world cup ticket because our destiny is no longer in our hands."

Digi in the UK via email: "Am I the only one who thinks the African teams are hard done by in terms of the number of World Cup places they have been allocated?"

1105: For the record, each group winner goes through and three teams will join the Ivory Coast, Ghana and hosts South Africa at the first World Cup to be staged in Africa.

Enock Maturwe in the US: "We want strong teams to represent Africa in the global fiesta in South Africa. So that Africa can show its football prowess to the world by giving formidable challenges to teams from elsewhere. May the best teams qualify."

1038 GMT: Hello. I hope you're having a lovely day and looking forward to some explosive World Cup action. Yes, with three of the five African groups still undecided, Cameroon, Gabon, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Tunisia are all in contention to qualify for next year's in South Africa.

Your thoughts and comments on this weekend's action are most welcome. Use the form on the right to let us know what's on your mind. You can also send them in by text: + 44 77 86 20 20 08.

So, come on everyone! Don't sit still and say nothing. Get talking!



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