Ivory Coast and Cameroon join Champions Nigeria┬á as teams that have booked a place in Brazil 2014 as World Cup qualification enters its final stage.
Earlier, the┬á Super Eagles┬á defeated the Walya Antelopes’ of┬á Ethiopia 2-0 courtesy of goals from Victor Moses and Victor Obinna.Completing a 4-1 aggregate win.
Ivory Coast went into their game against Senegal┬á in Casablanca┬á with 3-1 1st Leg advantage.┬á The match which was played on a neutral venue saw the Ivorians┬á on the back foot for most of the game. The Taranga lions of Senegal came within a goal of reaching the 2014 World Cup after┬á Moussa Sow converted from the spot┬á late on. The Ivorians┬á endured a nervy end┬á as Senegal threw everything┬á at them in┬á search of that elusive goal leaving their back exposed. The Elephants┬á would then profit from a counter attack which Salomon Kalou coolly finished to send Ivory Coast┬á to their┬á 3rd World Cup.
On Sunday, Cameroon walloped Tunisia 4-1 in Yaounde .Pierre Webo┬á who missed a sitter in the 1st leg goalless draw opened scoring for the indomitable Lions as early as the 3rd Minute to unsettle the Tunisians. 27 minutes later, Benjamin MOUDANDJO┬á found his way through the Tunisian defense slotting into the near corner for Cameroon putting them┬á in cruise control.
5 minutes into the 2nd half Ahmed Aka├»chi pulled a goal back for Tunisia. This meant the Carthage Eagles needed just a goal to make it to Brazil on away goals rule. Cameroon, well aware of this began to search for a goal to settle their nerves.
It was not long before that goal came. Jean Makoun heading in a well taken corner kick to send the home fans into wild jubilation. The Stade Rennais man completed his brace 4 minutes from time ensuring that Cameroon’s┬á flag┬á will fly in the World Cup for the 7th time in Brazil.
Two more places are up for grabs in the continent. On Tuesday, Burkina Faso take a slim 3-2┬á advantage to the Blida Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Algeria while Egypt attempts to do the impossible against Ghana┬á in Cairo. The Pharaoh’s are 6-1 down going into this game.