Ivory Coast Joins Nigeria as First African World Cup Qualifiers

Nigeria and Ivory Coast won playoffs to become the first teams from Africa to qualify for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.

Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-0 to complete a 4-1 victory in their two-match qualifying playoff. The Super Eagles will be making their fifth World Cup apperance.

Ivory Coast qualified for its third straight World Cup by a 4-2 aggregate score after a 1-1 draw with Senegal.

Cameroon and Tunisia play their second game tomorrow following an opening 0-0 draw. The final two African places will be determined Nov. 19 when Ghana takes a 6-1 lead into its match against Egypt and Burkina Faso plays Algeria holding a 3-2 lead.

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