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World Cup Playoff Draw Revealed for Africa: Bob Bradley’s Egypt Faces Tough Tie vs Ghana

bob bradley World Cup Playoff Draw Revealed for Africa: Bob Bradleys Egypt Faces Tough Tie vs Ghana

Egypt, coached by Bob Bradley, have accomplished so much in the past two years under the leadership of the American — even despite the Port Said riots and the national league being shut down. Against all the odds, Egypt qualified for the World Cup play-off round on the African continent, but now faces an extremely difficult two-leg tie against Ghana to try to reach the FIFA World Cup 2014 tournament.

Egypt has a 100% record in their qualifying process, but facing Ghana may be a challenge that’s going to be too tough to beat. In the other playoffs, Ivory Coast and Senegal should be a must-see with both teams brimming with talent, while Tunisia (who qualified for the playoff round at the expense of Cape Verde) plays Cameroon.

Here’s the complete draw for the CAF World Cup playoff round:

Ivory Coast v Senegal

Ethiopia v Nigeria

Tunisia v Cameroon

Ghana v Egypt

Burkina Faso v Algeria

The home and away legs will take place in October and November. The first leg will be played October 11-15, while the second leg will occur between November 15-19.

From the above matches, the winners over the two legs will play in Brazil next summer, while the losers will be watching the World Cup at home on television.

For viewers in the United States, we’ll keep you posted whether the games will be shown on US television. Fingers crossed that a TV broadcaster will wise up and show the games.

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8 Responses to World Cup Playoff Draw Revealed for Africa: Bob Bradley’s Egypt Faces Tough Tie vs Ghana

  1. eddymc2 says:

    YESSS! Nigeria got Ethiopia!

    Or should I be more worried?

  2. Matt says:

    ESPN3 showed the African Cup of Nations (or whatever it is called) – so we might be in luck.

  3. Habeeb says:

    Brazil here we come. Team Nigeria aint got no worries.

    • Tayo says:

      On Paper it looks like a walk in the park but I do not want us to be complacent, these Ethiopians will give their all. I think the Ghana vs. Egypt match will be the one to watch…

  4. CR7 says:

    Tunisia should feel lucky. Finished 2nd and still qualified for the play-offs.

    • Pakapala says:

      To be fair to Tunisia, if we go by the results on the field throughout the group stage they did finish top of the group. People forget that Cape Verde benefited from 2 sanctioned games in the group (against Equatorial Guinea), one of them they initially lost 4-3 on the field. So the standing would have been about the same if those results stood with the following total points:
      Tunisia 11
      Cape Verde 9

  5. Matt says:

    He can’t start Ricardo Clark or Jonathon Bornstein this time, so Egypt has a better chance than we did 3 years ago.

    Get it done, Bob.

  6. Justin says:

    Too bad… I don’t see this one happening.

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