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Ivory Coast Joins Nigeria as First African World Cup Qualifiers

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Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bob Bensch at bbensch@bloomberg.net

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