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World Cup Qualifying Roundup: Egypt stranded in Pot 2 as Nigeria, Cape Verde reach play-offs

Posted on September 7, 2013

Nigeria National Team

Nigeria and Cape Verde both reached the final round with victories over Malawi and respectively, eliminating Egypt’s hopes of reaching Pot 1

With Cape Verde’s 2-0 win in Tunisia, Egypt no longer have a chance of reaching Pot 1 in Africa’s final stage of World Cup qualifying and are now set to face either Ivory Coast, Algeria, , Nigeria or Cape Verde in the play-off round – five home-and-away fixtures played in October and November to determine the five Africa nations which progress to Brazil 2014.

The result the Pharaohs achieve against Guinea on September 10th is now essentially meaningless, with Egypt already confirmed Group G winners and having no chance of breaking into the seeded pot.

Pot 1: Algeria, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria

Pot 2: Egypt, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon/Libya, Senegal

The draw that will determine the play-off matchups will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo.


  1. ali

    September 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    is the draw going to be random, or is it going to be based on seedings such as the highest ranked team in pot 1 plays the lowest ranked team in pot 2?

    • Adam Moustafa

      September 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      It’ll be a random draw

  2. Omar Macintyre

    September 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I hope egypt get drawn with either Algeria,Cape Verde or Ivory Coast… Actually I’m not sure about the other three, there all hard teams in the end D:

    Did Bob Bradley say anything about this??

  3. Mohammed

    September 8, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    there is a 40 percent chance we will be drawn to the two easiest teams : cape verds or algeria all the teams will be hard anyway

  4. Gihad El-Metnawi

    September 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I hope we will be drawn to Cape Verde. But Ghana, Nigeria and Ivoy Coast are all beatable. I think Algeria would be the worst-case scenario, especially in the current political situation.

  5. OMar

    September 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Does anyone know any live stream links to the Egypt vs Guinea Game? Im in Austrailia and really want to watch it,

  6. Pharaonic

    September 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    When will the draw take place?

    • Pharaonic

      September 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Sorry read over it

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