Who will be the next team in Africa to join Nigeria in next summer’s World Cup? After Nigeria’s victory earlier today against Ethiopia, an even bigger match is set for today with two African giants — Senegal and Ivory Coast — battling it out to see who will stay home and who will go to Brazil.
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Ivory Coast holds many of the same advantages that Nigeria does, and while Senegal has more ability than Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast takes a 3-1 lead into the second leg.
Senegal did pull a goal back through Papiss Cisse in stoppage time in the first leg, which gave The Lions a lifeline and a crucial away goal. Still, Senegal has some dissension in the ranks, mostly courtesy of the coach’s decision not to call in players who do not play regularly for their clubs – meaning some big names, like Chelsea’s Demba Ba, have missed out.
The Ivory Coast, once Africa’s great hope, is trying to get to Brazil to make a last run with their golden generation. In the last two tournaments, Ivory Coast have been drawn in the group of death. Perhaps they’re due for some luck.
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