Welcome to IndepthAfrica Live commentary of Africa World Cup 2014 Qualifiers.
- 11 matches across Africa on Saturday
- Ghana beat Lesotho on Friday night
- Egypt defeated Mozambique in Alexandria
- There are seven more games on Sunday and another round of matches next weekend
And it’s 0-0 at the break in Nairobi. Both sides have had chances but neither has been able to grab them. A good opportunity for Oliech right at the end of the 1st half but he couldn’t finish… meanwhile they’re counting down to kick-off in Bangui – less than 15 minutes to go till Central African Republic kick off against Botswana.
1344: As we head to half-time in Nairobi, with the score still at 0-0, Limo in Eldoret sends an SMS to +44 77 86 20 20 08: “If we gonna win this game our midfielders need to pull up their socks n supply oliech with decent balls” – unhappiness creeping in, and the campaign is only 44 minutes old!
Malawi coach Kinnah Phiri is ringing the changes – even before half time. Ngalande is off, replaced by John Banda. Still 0-0 and we’re getting towards half time.
1331: Approaching the half hour mark in Nairobi and neither side has managed to make a breakthrough yet. It’s a cagey start to the long road to Brazil – but the onus is surely on Kenya to get three points at home. Especially as one of the other teams in Group F are Nigeria – who host Namibia in Calabar tomorrow.
1328: An anonymous texter on is nervous in Nairobi: “Kenya’s midfield, with such experience, is giving up the ball too easily. Hopefully they’ll improve and give us a win.”
1326: Mungii on the emailin Nairobi reckons the Harambee Stars are going to claim victory today – but they’re going to have to do better in front of goal if they’re going to manage that.
1320: 25 thousand or so Kenyan fans have turned out to watch the Harambee Stars. Coach Kimanzi was suggesting before the game that expectations are low – but they’re there to back the team. The BBC’s John Nene in the ground says that Oliech is proving the key man for Kenya, as you’d expect… with Robin Ngalande of Atletico Madrid leading the line for the Flames. 16 minutes gone, still 0-0.
1318: Not much action to report in Nairobi as yet… both teams trying to settle down into a rhythm.
1314: Nick in Nairobi sends an SMSThis is such a compact team. The best we have had for a long time and hopefuly its gonna give us some joy. If we don’t win today at home we might as well forget the world cup.
- 1308: That’s the only game for an hour or so, but from 1400 GMT we’ve got CAR v Botswana in Bangui – remember CAR have never before won a World Cup qualifier. And after that the games come thick and fast…
1304: Kenya and Malawi is underway in Nairobi.
The race to Brazil 2014 gets going in earnest today, with games taking place across the continent as the teams who did not make it to the last world cup competition play off for the right to go into the hat with those that did. These are second round matches.
Here is the link to results of the matches played on Friday:
2014 World Cup qualifier: Winning Starts for Ghana and Egypt
Kenya – Malawi | Saturday, June 2 Venue: Nairobi
The Flames are already in Nairobi for their first World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars on Saturday. Coach Kinnah Phiri has already shown respect to his opponents, but warned that they are in for a tough time. “Kenya is a very good team, very tactical and we have enough respect for them,” he said to reporters. “We have played them several times and they are not a team to be taken lightly.”
CAR – Botswana | Saturday, June 2 Venue: Bangui
Central African Republic and Botswana are both in Group A and will kick off their campaign in Bangui on Saturday. The Wild Beasts are seen as the underdogs since they have never qualified for the global showpiece and the continental flagship. The Zebras made it to their maiden Africa Cup of Nations this year, and such an experience puts them in a better position to put CAR in check.Botswana will be without star midfielder Magogi Gabonamong and captain Mompathi Thum.
Sierra Leone – Cape Verde | Saturday, June 2 Venue: Freetown
Sierra Leone is going into this game without their key man Rodney Strasser. The AC Milan midfielder is still suffering from an ankle injury he suffered in training on Wednesday. The Leone Stars will still have to delight their fans at home with their opening game at the Freetown Stadium.
Gambia – Morocco | Saturday, June 2 Venue: Bakau
The Atlas Lions have already served notice they are going to devour the Scorpions at their own backyard on Saturday. Coach Eric Gerets is hopeful of securing a result at the Independence Stadium in Bakau in their 2014 World Cup qualifier. The northern African side means business and are in Banjul with a powerful delegation accompanied by former Sporting Lisbon, Deportivo La Coruna and Tottenham Hotspur defender, Noureddine Naybet, who now works with the Moroccan FA.
Senegal – Liberia | Saturday, June 2 Venue: Dakar
The Teranga Lions are going into this qualifying game as the wounded side in terms of injuries and the Lone Stars must capitalise on it to gain some points at the Stade Leopold. Senegal will be without Demba Ba and the injured quartet of Issar Dia, Kader Mangane, Souleymane Diawara and Pape Malickou Diakhate for Saturday’s Group J match in Dakar.
Sudan – Zambia | Saturday, June 2 Venue: Khartoum
Group D’s toughest game is between the Falcons of Jediane and the Chipolopolo in Khartoum. The ruling African champions will be looking forward to maintain a fine form after their sterling 2012 Africa Cup of Nations feat which resulted in their maiden continental trophy. A win against Sudan will boost their confidence level since their next game is against mighty Ghana.
Burkina Faso – Congo | Saturday, June 2 Venue: Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso are going into their first competitive game after a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations showing in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. It is going to be coach Paul Put’s debut and snatching all points at home in their opening World Cup group E qualifier in Ouagadougou will be a welcoming start.
Niger – Gabon | Sunday, June 3 Venue: Niamey
Africa’s rising side Niger will play host to the 2012 Nations Cup co-hosts Gabon at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey. It is going to be everyone’s game, but the Panthers seem to have the upper hand with their experienced squad although they are the visiting side.
Zimbabwe – Guinea | Sunday, June 3 Venue: Harare
Zimbabwe kicked off their first round qualifying campaign for South Africa 2013 on a shaky note. They lost 2-1 against Botswana. A win at home in their 2014 World Cup Group G qualifier against Guinea will be a morale booster. Coach Rahman Gumbo of Zimbabwe knows what to expect and it seems he is telling his charges exactly what to do. “It won’t be an easy match, so we need to be fully prepared,” he said at a press conference.
Benin – Mali | Sunday, June 3 Venue: Cotonou
The Squirrels are hoping for a successful qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014, after having qualified for three of the last five Afcon. The national team has been handed over to former France international Manuel Amoros, who has been tasked purposely for qualification and same applies to his counterpart on the Malian side Amadou Pathe Diallo.
Angola – Uganda | Sunday, June 3 Venue: Luanda
The Palancas Negras have been training in Portugal ahead of this game and recorded impressive results over club sides in warm-up games. The Cranes will be playing at the November 11 Stadium with the hopes of restoring that painful 2-0 defeat in the hands of the southern Africans during the 2012 Afcon qualifiers at the same venue.
01-05/06/12: South Africa v Ethiopia
01-05/06/12: Central African Republic v Botswana
08-12/06/12: Botswana v South Africa
08-12/06/12: Ethiopia v Central African Republic
01-05/06/12: Tunisia v Eq Guinea
01-05/06/12: Sierra Leone v Cape Verde
08-12/06/12: Cape Verde v Tunisia
08-12/06/12: Eq Guinea v Sierra Leone
01-05/06/12: Ivory Coast v Tanzania
01-05/06/12: The Gambia v Morocco
08-12/06/12: Morocco v Ivory Coast
08-12/06/12: Tanzania v The Gambia
01-05/06/12: Ghana v Lesotho
01-05/06/12: Sudan v Zambia
08-12/06/12: Zambia v Ghana
08-12/06/12: Lesotho v Sudan
01-05/06/12: Burkina Faso v Congo
01-05/06/12: Niger v Gabon
08-12/06/12: Gabon v Burkina Faso
08-12/06/12: Congo v Niger
01-05/06/12: Nigeria v Namibia
01-05/06/12: Kenyav Malawi
08-12/06/12: Malawi v Nigeria
08-12/06/12: Namibia v Kenya
01-05/06/12: Egypt v Mozambique
03/06/12: Zimbabwe v Guinea
08-12/06/12: Guinea v Egypt
08-12/06/12: Mozambique v Zimbabwe
01-05/06/12: Algeria v Rwanda
01-05/06/12: Benin v Mali
08-12/06/12: Mali v Algeria
08-12/06/12: Rwanda v Benin
01-05/06/12: Cameroon v DR Congo
01-05/06/12: Togo v Libya
08-12/06/12: Libya v Cameroon
08-12/06/12: DR Congo v Togo
01-05/06/12: Senegal v Liberia
01-05/06/12: Angola v Uganda
08-12/06/12: Uganda v Senegal
08-12/06/12: Liberia v Angola
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
11/11/11: Lesotho 1-0 Burundi
15/11/11: Burundi 2-1 Lesotho
2-2 on aggregate Lesotho advance on away goals rule
11/11/11: Sao Tome e Principe 0-5 Congo
15/11/11: Congo 1-1 Sao Tome e Principe
Congo advance 6-1 on aggregate
11/11/11: Chad 1-2 Tanzania
15/11/11: Tanzania 0-1 Chad
2-2 on aggregate Tanzania advance on away goals rule
11/11/11: Eritrea 1-1 Rwanda
15/11/11: Rwanda 3-1 Eritrea
Rwanda advance 4-2 on aggregate
11/11/11: Swaziland 1-3 DR Congo
15/11/11: DR Congo 5-1 Swaziland
DR Congo advance 8-2 on aggregate
11/11/11: Djibouti 0-4 Namibia
15/11/11: Namibia 4-0 Djibouti
Namibia advance 8-0 on aggregate
11/11/11: Seychelles 0-3 Kenya
15/11/11: Kenya 4-0 Seychelles
Kenya advance 7-0 on aggregate
11/11/11: Comoros 0-1 Mozambique
15/11/11: Mozambique 4-1 Comoros
Mozambique advance 5-1 on aggregate
11/11/11: Equatorial Guinea 2-0 Madagascar
15/11/11: Madagascar 2-1 Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea advance 3-2 on aggregate
11/11/11: Guinea-Bissau 1-1 Togo
15/11/11: Togo 1-0 Guinea-Bissau
Togo advance 2-1 on aggregate
12/11/11: Somalia 0-0 Ethiopia (played in Djibouti)
16/11/11: Ethiopia 5-0 Somalia
Ethiopia advance 5-0 on aggregate
11/11/11: Mauritius c-c Liberia
15/11/11: Liberia c-c Mauritius
Liberia advance after Mauritius withdraw