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FIFA World Cup Qualifying Preview: African contenders shape up

6 June 2013 18:09

Ivory Coast are aiming to consolidate top spot in group C of CAF World Cup qualifying with a win over Gambia on Saturday.

Sabri Lamouchi's men sit a point clear atop the group ahead of their clash against bottom-placed Gambia at Independence Stadium in Bakau.

A squad with the talent Ivory Coast possess are expected to reach the third round of qualifying in Africa, and a win against Gambia would send them on their way.

Yaya Toure, Cheick Tiote, Gervinho and Arouna Kone have been picked, while Kolo Toure will lead a defence that can be exploited by tougher opposition than Gambia.

Morocco desperately need a win against Tanzania - a loss will end their chances of reaching Brazil 2014.

Group D leaders Zambia host Lesotho as they look to stay ahead of second-placed Ghana.

While Ghana were expected to top the group, Zambia's win over James Kwesi Appiah's men in June has them well-placed a point clear.

A win for Ghana in Sudan on Friday could put pressure on Zambia, who should be too good for a Lesotho side who have scored just once in three games in this stage.

Ethiopia and South Africa continue their battle for supremacy in group A, with matches against Botswana and the Central African Republic respectively.

Botswana welcome Ethiopia to Lobatse, while South Africa travel to Cameroon and are two points behind the group leaders.

In Luanda, Senegal will take on Angola hoping to keep top spot in what has been a fiercely-contested group J.

Leaders Senegal and bottom side Uganda are separated by just three points at the midway point.

Alain Giresse's men could put some space between them and the bottom two with a win against Angola, and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Fenerbahce forward Moussa Sow are likely to be key players.

Uganda, who are winless, need to avoid defeat at home to Liberia and a win would boost their chances of advancing to the third round.

Congo can seal their spot in the next round if they make it four wins from as many matches with a victory over Gabon in group E.

If Congo claim three points and Niger draw with Burkina Faso, Congo will be the first side through to the final stage of qualifying.

Tunisia are in a similar position ahead of their trip to Sierra Leone, while the other group B game sees Equatorial Guinea visit Cape Verde.

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Competition
WC Qualification Africa
Date
8 June 2013
Game week
4
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 3
Venue
Independence Stadium (Bakau)
Attendance
24000

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
62' W. Bony
0 - 3

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Substitutes

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Thursday 31 July

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16:39
16:37
16:33
16:24
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16:03
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15:40
15:05
14:05
13:58
13:46
13:17
13:10
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12:10
11:50
11:12
10:50
10:18
10:11
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07:30
07:23
07:22
07:12
07:10
06:06
05:56
05:07
03:50
03:47
03:27
03:25
02:28
00:58

Wednesday 30 July

23:56
23:54
23:31
23:21
23:06
22:57
22:48
22:42
21:44
21:34
21:29
19:33
18:48
18:29
18:20
18:15
17:29
17:19
17:09
16:59
16:32
16:09
15:44
15:39
15:34
14:20
14:03
13:30
12:40
12:13
11:39
11:33
11:21
10:54
10:37
10:34
10:24
10:05
09:28
07:45
07:12
06:48
05:38
04:43
04:27
03:42
03:23
03:17
02:44
00:37

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