Saturday, October 12, 2013

2014 World Cup Qualifier play-off: African sides

African Sides
This weekend, the final round of the 2014 WCQ begins, Saturday's matches are the first of 5 two-legged ties involving the 10 group winners from the previous round of qualifiers, with the return legs taking place in November. 
For the African sides, Ivory Coast will set the ball rolling as they take on Senegal, while Burkina Faso go up against Algeria. Nigeria will keep the ball rolling on Sunday as they go against Ethiopia while Tunisia takes on Cameroon. Closing out the first-leg of the play-off, Ghana will take on Egypt on Tuesday.

Ivory Coast host Senegal in Abidjan for what will be the first meeting between the sides since their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar in October 2012 was abandoned because of rioting fans. Sibling, Yaya Toure is joined in the Ivory Coast squad by his older brother, Kolo, who has not played for the Elephants since March.
Senegal on the other hand will be playing without Demba Ba, Senegal recalled striker Papiss Cisse after he completed a one-match suspension but Chelsea forward Demba Ba has been left out. The game will be played in Abidjan at 16.00 (GMT)

The other play-off of the day will begin in Ouagadougou, where 
Burkina Faso will host Algeria. The AFCON runners-up have had quite a comeback after they lost some points in the preliminaries after being found guilty of using ineligible players. Burkinabe will once again be playing without their key striker Alain Traore, who is injured and has been left out of their 24-man squad.
Algeria made some changes to their original squad; the new squad now included a call-up for striker Mohamed Amine Aoudia. Aoudia will be playing in place of French-born Inter Milan forward Ishak Belfodil, who has been dropped after only two caps since he confirmed his national allegiance. French-based pair of Faouzi Ghoulam and Foued Kadir have also been recalled.

On Sunday, Ethiopia will play host to current African champions Nigeria, while Cameroon visit Tunisia. Ghana host Egypt in the final first-leg match on Tuesday
The five aggregate winners will book their place at next year's tournament in Brazil.

(All Times GMT)
Saturday 12 October 
16:00 Burkina Faso vs. Algeria
17:00 Ivory Coast vs. Senegal

Sunday 13 October 
13:00 Ethiopia vs. Nigeria
17:00 Tunisia vs. Cameroon

Tuesday 15 October 
16:00 Ghana vs. Egypt