Draw for African playoffs for 2014 FIFA World Cup holds in Cairo

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Cairo, Egypt  – The draw for Africa’s last qualifying round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is due to be held later Monday at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Cairo, the Egyptian capital.

All the 10 teams that reached the final stage of the qualifiers will participate in the draw.

The countries are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia and Senegal.

PANA recalled that Tunisia replaced Cape Verde, which was disqualified by world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, for fielding an ineligible player in a qualifying match against Tunisia last weekend.

A FIFA team that includes FIFA director of Competitions Mustapha Fahmy will be in Egypt for the draw, which will use the 12 Sept. FIFA rankings to determine the seeding.

The five highest ranked teams among the 10 – Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Tunisia – in that order – will be placed in one pot, and the other five teams will be in another pot to determine which teams will square off at the playoffs.

There will also be a draw for each match to determine which team plays host first.

The home and away playoffs, to determine the five African representatives at the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, will be played 11-15 Oct. 2013 for the first leg, and 15-19 Nov.
2013 for the return leg.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil 12 June to 13 July.