World Cup 2002
- African qualification
preliminary round matches
overview and detail
|Libya - Mali
3:0 / 1:3
Cape Verde Islands - Algeria
0:0 / 0:2
Benin - Senegal 1:1
Gambia - Morocco
0:1 / 0:2
Chad - Liberia
0:1 / 0:0
Ethiopia - Burkina Faso
2:1 / 0:3
Equatorial Guinea - Congo
1:3 / 1:2
Rwanda - Côte d'Ivoire
2:2 / 0:2
Central African Republic
- Zimbabwe 0:1 / 1:3
Eritrea - Nigeria
0:0 / 0:4
Lesotho - South Africa
0:2 / 0:1
Swaziland - Angola
0:1 / 1:7
Sudan - Mozambique
1:0 / 1:2
Guinea-Bissau - Togo
0:0 / 0:3
Uganda - Guinea 4:4
Malawi - Kenya 2:0 / 0:0
Tanzania - Ghana
0:1 / 2:3
SâoTomé e Principe
- Sierra Leone 2:0 / 0:4
Seychelles - Namibia
1:1 / 0:3
Botswana - Zambia
0:1 / 0:1
Madagascar - Gabon
2:0 / 0:1
Mauritania - Tunisia
1:2 / 0:3
Djibouti - Congo DR
1:1 / 1:9
Somalia - Cameroon
0:3 / 0:3
Mauritius - Egypt
0:2 / 2:4
| (4/9) Libya - Mali
First leg 0:3. Guided by
Argentinian master of defence, Carlos Bilardo, Libya are now heavy favorites.
Especially because Mali has lacked impact in attack.
result: 3:1 (Libya qualified)
A packed stadium at Bamako.
Mali with presuure upon the Libyan goal. Libya with the expected crowded
defence and time-wasting strategies, but also with rare opportunistic attacks
themselves. The Libyan keeper reliable but towards the end of the half
an increasing number of (half) chances for Mali and a more and more drawn
back Libyan team.
In the 45th minute a counter
attack produced a one-against keeper situation (#20) and the striker made
a successsful lob into the net. - 0:1, the match seemed decided at halftime
The equalizer 3 minutes
into the second half fired up the Mali team who tried the impossible in
the following minutes. They created several goalmouth situations but Libya
also had a huge opportunity on a counter attack. Libya regained control
but short after Libyan coach Carlos Bilardo was ejected, Mali scored coverting
a bouncing off ball after a free kick ('72). - 2:1
Towards the end of the match
it started to rain and Libya had more counter opportunities but after 85
minutes Mali was reawrded a penalty. One of several scenes which took minutes
until execution. In the 89th minute it was converted - 3:1
After 'only' 9 minutes injury
time the match was over
(4/9) Cape Verde
Islands - Algeria
a match with a too big gap:
Algeria are clear favorites.
0:1 ('15) Ousmane Diagne, 1:1 ('31) Philippe Isiaack, att. 40,000 (Cotonou),
Algeria - Cape Verde Islands
First leg 0:0. Cape Verde,
third smallest to take part (400.000 population only!) with a sensational
0:0 in the first leg, probably will only try to contain the scoreline
result: 2:0 (Algeria
In front of a huge crowd
(AFP:60,000), Cape Verde began building a concrete wall but exposed a first
hole in the 8th minute. After a corner the ball went through keeper and
defenders to the second post where #9 (AFP:Saad Bourahli) headed it into
the net. Exposing their defence in a first attempt to cross the midfield
line, a well played counter attack by hosts Algeria delivered the second
goal (#10 Rafik Saifi) only 4 miuntes later. After this there was no question
of the outcome. Algeria relieved of any pressure now showed their skills
and fired up the crowd who fired up the players in return. But after failing
to convert several opportunities against the brave keeper of Cape Verde,
the match and atmposphere more and more calmed down.
In the second half the guests
started to play some football themselves but without a chance to threaten
the Algerian success. In the end both seemed satisfied: Cape Verde kept
the scoreline close and Algeria advanced.
(4/9) Benin - Senegal
a match with clear favorites
in Senegal. But Benin has some talent, even some professionals where it
is unsure wheter they will be playing, and should not be taken too easily.
0:1 ('15) Ousmane Diagne, 1:1 ('31) Philippe Isiaack, att. 40,000 (Cotonou),
red cards: Mouda Cherou Amadou (Benin) ('85), M'Baye Obi (Senegal)
(4/23, Dakar) Benin
- Senegal - Benin
First leg 1:1. Senegal still
clear favorites. After the first match a 0:0 would be enough.
result: 1:0 (Senegal
goal: Cheikh Sidy Ba 62, attendance: 50,000
(4/9) Gambia -
Gambia is a very small country,
a former British enclave around the same name river, inside the French
Senegal. They should not be able to threat Morocco. But maybe they can
cause some embarassment in the first leg.
0:1 ('63) Bushayib Lembarki, att. 30,000? (Banjul)
) Morocco - Gambia
First leg 1:0. The team
under new coach Henri Kasperczak, the former Tunisian (1994-98) and Ivorian
(1994) coach, should face no problems after the succesful 1st leg
result: 2:0 (Morocco
Gambia with a surprisingly
modern approach. In contrary to other underdogs they did not hide and obtained
to contain the score only. Instead they attacked themselves. They even
repeatedly applied pressure on Moroccan defenders when those were in ball
This had several effects
on the match. The action was shifted towards midfield and Morocco approached
the Gambian goal more seldom. It put some pressure on Morocco defenders
who had to help themselves with tactical fouls and received yellow cards.
On the other hand it gave Morocco more space on several counter attacks.
Thus the two first half goals resulted from those (Reuters: El Kattari,
19, 32). Gambia had a few half chances themselves. In the end Morocco had
been a too big sized opponent for Gambia who showed several signs of a
serious attitude and were unlucky to receive two red cards during the second
half. Morocco never was in danger losing the match and could have scored
(4/9) Chad - Liberia
<?> Chad, very
poor, has played almost no matches during the 90's. Liberia with big troubles,
too, has achieved surprisingly much with the financial and logistic help
by their professionals, especially by George Weah. Chad has a few players
in Europe, too, but are out siders. Much should depend on the first leg:
If Chad can surprise here, it will become an exciting second leg..
Liberia - Chad
First leg 1:0. There is
still some work to do for the favorites. But if they avoid Chad is getting
chances, they should win it
result: 0:0 (Liberia
Another football tragedy: Three soccer fans died after a crowd surge
inside the overcrowded 35,000 capacity stadium during the match
- Burkina Faso
<?> Ethiopia once
among the better African teams is still able to be a potential danger at
home. Burkina Faso should be too big in the two matches aggregated but
the Burkinabé, who have talented young players, defy any consistency
by changing their coach every year.
1:0 ('48) Anteneh Alamerew 2:0 ('64) Sentayehu Getachew, 2:1 ('86) Hammadou
Traore, att. 23,000 (Addis Abeba)
Burkina Faso - Ethiopia
First leg 1:2. Ethiopia,
one of the biggest populationwise have won the first leg but the margin
is narrow. There is still everything possible for the Burkinabé,
especially after scoring the valuable away goal with only minutes to go.
result: 3:0 (Burkina
goals: Mamadou Zongo 3, 38pen, Oumar Barro 10, attendance: 25,000
Guinea - Congo
Should be no huge problem
for Congo as their opponents have done little in their history. But Congo
are no giants and have to keep the concentration that has lifted them among
the better African teams.
halftime 1:2, att. 3,000 (Malabo)
Congo - Equatorial Guinea
Fisrt leg 3:1. Congo has
done a good job winning away and scoring goals. Now the minnows (420 Thousand
population) should be no difficult hurdle anymore.
Rwanda - Côte d'Ivoire
<a little trouble
potential?> Côte d'Ivoire are clear clear favorites. But how
much is fear a part of their game which depends on having the courage of
taking risks? After the squad had been detained following the African Cup
Of Nations by the military government the fear of embarassment will be
even biggger. They will face Rwanda who will play their lives upon a miserable
pitch and will fight every minute. But the German coach has had some troubles,
too: During a preperaton camp at Germany some of the best players ran away
to seek their luck at Belgium. The more it will be the 'match of their
lives' for the rest.
0:1('45) Gislain Akassou, 1:1 ('46) Hassan Milly, 2:1 ('64) Julien Ndagano,
2:2('78) Feidel Keita att. 15,000 (Kigali)
Côte d'Ivoire - Rwanda
First leg 2:2. After what
happened after the Nations Cup, no match is easy for Côte d'Ivoire.
Since the military coup there have been a lot of setbacks for the prospering
ivorian football scene. Often the audience joins a violent criticism of
their players like they did last weekend when ASEC Abidjan was eliminated
in the African Cup Winners Cup. Rwanda, who have celebrated their home
'success' annoying the mighty 'elephants', will seek their chance and it
will depend on how nervous they can make players and crowd. With German
coach Rudi Gutendorf they will have had a good preperation at least. Normally
this should be no problem for the Ivorians anyway
result: 2:0 (Côte
goals: Ibrahima Bakayoko 36, 65, attendance: 20,000
(4/9) Central African
Republic - Zimbabwe
<a little trouble
potential?> Some troubles are on the horizon for Zimbabe coach Westerhof.
He has started some arguments with the associatioon over the preparations
for the decisive Olympic qualifier at Nigeria whicxh Zimbabwe lost 0:4.
Now he has called up professionals from Europe, something that he had rejected
before. The very poor C.A.R. should have no chance anyway, considering
that the encounter is played in two legs.
0:1('5) Peter Ndlovu, att. 7,000 (Bangui)
(4/23, Harare )
Zimbabwe - Central African Republic
First leg 1:0. Zimbabwe
should have made the most important step already going into this one with
an away victory.
result: 3:1 (Zimbabwe
(4/9) Eritrea -
The young football nation
Eritrea could have been a team with surprise potential but they were unlucky
in the draw. Nigeria, one of those very bigs of African football should
clearly win this, although Eritrea has had respectable results during the
last qulaifiers for the African Nations Cup: they only conceded one goal
against Cameroon (0:0 and 0:1).
att. 3,000 (Asmara)
(4/22, Lagos )
Nigeria - Eritrea
First leg 0:0. After the
first leg Nigerian coach Bonfrere was angry with his players and with the
pitch the match had been played upon. Nigerian has called up various important
professionals and should be able to score the necessary goals.
result: 4:0 (Nigeria
goals by Akwuegbu 14, Lawal 22, Akpoborie 65, Kanu 90
Eritrea missed hand penalty ('60)
(4/9) Lesotho -
Another match where the
gap should be too big.
0:1 ('40) Shaun Bartlett, 0:2 ('71) Jabu Pule, att. 40,000 (Maseru, South
) South Africa - Lesotho
First leg 2:0. South Africa,
probably with a serious approach about the task, has already decided this
match. Lesotho should not be capable of scoring several away goals.
result: 1:0 (South
goal: Shaun Bartlett 49, attendance: 18,000
dull match - Nomvete provided the cross for the Bartlett far-post header
to decide the match
Angola are clear favorites
but has had some dropouts resultwise. Over two matches they should make
0:1 ('51) Cata (at Mbabane, Angola hit woodwork twice, one big opp. for
Angola - Swaziland
First leg 1:0. Angola has
the important advantage which should make the task look impossible for
result: 7:1 (Angola
Vicente scored first after 18 minutes, Isaac Lukuli scored 2 goals
(4/9) Sudan - Mozambique
Sudan, once one of the better African teams, could surprise Mozambique
at home. Their elegant football has not been modernized the way it has
been somewhere else but Mozambique are vulnerable opponents. They have
had other problems than football and the National team had not performed
solid recently anyway. For example they had been behind Eritrea during
the African Nations Cup qualifiers. They are only slim favorites.
Mozambique - Sudan
First leg 0:1. Sudan have
won their first leg and without conceding an away goal. So Mozambique will
have to play patient. This is a close match.
result: 2:1 (Sudan
goals: Tico-Tico (2, Mozambique), Magashia (Sudan)
(4/8) Guinea-Bissau - Togo
Guinea-Bissau with only
low potential while Togo has taken part at the last two African Cup finals.
But their form is unclear after the weird departure of their coach during
the African Nations Cup
att. 17,000 (Bissau)
Togo - Guinea-Bissau
First leg 0:0. Guinea-Bissau,
another of the small ones, still has a chance if they score an away-goal.Togo
will have to concantrate to make no mistakes.
result: 3:0 (Togo
goals: Salifou Moustafa 44, Kouko Salam 65, Dovi Akon 90, attendance:
(4/8) Uganda -
Guinea is one of the better African teams, belonging to the top 20 and
having a number of of known professionals at Europe. But they have been
unlucky in the 90s. Uganda is a bit dangerous, especially at home. Guinea
has to play this first leg very concentrated.
0:1 ('24) Pablo Thiam, 0:2 ('56) Souleymane Youla, 1:2 ('59) Hassan Mubiru,
2:2 ('63) Magid Musisi, 3:2 ('77) Abubaker Tabula, 3:3 ('82) Souleymane
Youla, 3:4 ('87) Pascal Fundouno, 4:4 ('88) Magid Musisi, att. 20,000 (Kampala)
) Guinea - Uganda
First leg 4:4. Guinea has
succesfully avoided a feared desaster at Kampala. At home the momentum
should shift in favour of the West Africans.
result: 3:0 (Guinea
goals: Titi Camara 46 Pascal Seindounou 70, 74 (should be Feindounou?),
(4/8) Malawi -
Kenya has been more successful but the gap is not so big. Malawi has had
some reults here and there and is a threat, especially in a knock-out round
where it comes down on one (or two) match(es.)
1:0 ('58) Derek Somanje (20-meters shot), 2:0 ('90) Jones Nkhwazi, att.
30,000 (Blantyre, wet cool conditions, Kenya concentrating on defence)
Kenya - Malawi
First leg 0:2. Malawis new
promising generation have not only won this first leg but also their Cosafa
Cup match against Mozambique a week later. Now they are favorites but they
should be careful: a result like this one often changes the attitude of
both teams, one acts, the other one only reacts. Kenya still has a chance.
after 88 min., standing 0:0 (Malawi expected to be declared qualified)
the match was abandoned when the crowd were hurling missiles at the
Kenyan team with only minutes to go - 20,000 attendance, Kenya hit crossbar
twice in first half - not enough security people - 'fans' began ripping
out seats and throwing bottles and stones - police fired tear gas into
the crowd - President Daniel arap Moi was attending the match - in the
focus of criticism Nigerian coach Christian Chukwu
Tanzania is not any stronger than the likes of Malawi, Madagascar etc.
and Ghana should be clear favorites. But four years ago there had been
the same matchup: First leg had been 0:0 but in the second leg Tanzania
scored an important away goal and Ghana only escaped narrowly turning the
match into a late 2:1 victory.
0:1 ('21) Kuffour, att. 10,000
(4/23, Accra )
Ghana - Tanzania
First leg 1:0. Ghana should
have done more than half of the work by their valuable away result.
result: 3:2 (Ghana
goals: 1:0 ('20) Osei Kuffour, 2:0 ('27) Augustin Ahinful, 2:1 ('42)
Nteze Lungu, 2:2 ('51) Maulid Hassab, 3:2 ('63) Dan(iel?) Addo,
goals both scored by John Lungu
e Principe - Sierra Leone
this match should have clear
favorites in Sierra Leone because of the sitze of the opponents. Although
their opponents might have had a better preperation, the civil war shaken
West African country belongs to the upper half of African football.
Angola Press: 1:0
('36) Amilcar, 2:0 ('65) Celso Garrido (both set up by best player Jairson)
att. 7,000 (Sierra Leone dominant with chances, but Sao Tomé successful
in counter attacks)
) Sierra Leone - SâoTomé e Principe
First leg 0:2. THE sensation
of the first leg: Sao Tomé (population 138 Thousand, second smallest)
beat Sierra Leone by two goals. But this is still a result leaving the
door slightly ajar for the West Africans. They have some impact players
like the Serie A star Mohammed Kallon (Reggina). Whether they can afford
to call them up is not known.
result: 4:0 (Sierra
goals: Chernor Mansary 25, 30, Mohamed Kallon 50, Ibrahim Sesay 83,
another match in which the
gap should be just too big: Namibia are clear favorites.
0:1 ('19) Shivute, 1:1 ('27) Zialor
) Namibia - Seychelles
First leg 1:1. Another 'mini-sensation':
the Seychelles are the smallest by population: only 80 Thousand. Anyway
they managed a draw and scored a goal. But now a 0:0 is enough for Namibia
who will be anxious to avoid any desaster.
result: 3:0 (Namibia
goals: Razundura Tjikuzu, 7pen, 13, 80, Red card: Steven Mbaisa (2nd
yellow card) (Namibia) 77, attendance: 1,200 - Namibia dominating first
half - in second half Seychelles with chances, twice woodwork, once cleared
off the goal-line - then Tjikuzu, who is playing in German Bundesliga for
Werder Bremen, decided the match
Zambians, usually one of
the top 10, have enough problems with themselves. But they have just recently
beaten Botswana easily.
0:1 ('43) Dennis Lota, att. 20,000 (Gaborone)
Zambia - Botswana
First leg 1:0. Another match
predecided by the first leg result. It seems unlikely Botswana could score
two goals at the home strong Zambians.
result: 1:0 (Zambia
goal: Harry Milanzi 82, attendance: 25,000
Madagascar is one of those teams who can surprise the others from time
to time and with Gabon they have opponents who are not a class team but
usually better organized. It will depend a bit on how Gabon have digested
their poor outing at the African Nations Cup finals in January/February.
1:0 ('35) Harry, 2:0 ('55) Rado, att: 50,000 (Antananarivo)
Gabon - Madagascar
First leg 0:2. Madagascar
has achieved the surprise but the hurdle at Gabon is as high for them as
it had been for their opponents at Madagascar. Still open.
result: 1:0 (Madagascar
goal: Didier Cousin 42, attendance: 5,000
poor vs. rich: the poor
desert state in one of their rare international matches against the experienced
players from the big Tunisian clubs which almost have European standards.
TV7: 0:1 ('65) Jaidi
Radhi, 0:2 ('77) Hassan Gabsi, 1:2 ('87) Sélama Ould Ely
0:1('73) Ziad Jaziai, 0:2 ('77) Tharek Thabet, 1:2 ('87) Selama ould Ely,
usually the Tunisian source
is more accurate than Reuters
First leg 2:1. This one
should be decided as well and Tunisians might go for an impressive scoreline
in front of their smiled upon home crowd.
result: 3:0 (Tunisia
Mauretania, refreshed by
the addition of four players not playing in the first leg, began exclusively
defending, drawn back deep into their half and concentrated. But Tunisia
were eager to keep the pace of the game high. This eventually resulted
in an unlucky own goal after 16 minutes. After 25 minutes Jaziri made it
2:0 and from then on Tunisia had a more relaxed approach, still without
allowing Mauretania to get back into the match. Short after the break Mehedhbi
scored the third goal.
- Congo DR
strange, strange: Congo
DR had reportedly pulled out of the competition, but due to Tunisian Television
this match is scheduled for today.
The pull out had put African
football into a bit of trouble: the knock-out round had been installed
to eliminate the small countries who cannot afford to play more than a
very few matches (and still give the the chance to take part). But what
if the desired results do not turn out, or a 'big one' withdraws, and one
of those minnows advances? Would Djibouti be able to stage 4 matches at
home and make 4 travels away in group phase?
Reuters: 1:0 ('43)
Mahad, 1:1 ('83) Mise Mufamari Rifke, att.: 10,000
Congo DR - Djibouti
First leg 1:1. Another partly
'embarassing' 1st leg small vs big match. Djibouti is another participiant
with a population less than a million. But they almost defeated the big
Congo. Now the favorites go into the second leg with a liitlle advantage
and should make it
result: 9:1 (Congo
three red cards for Djibouti, attendance: 70,000
ahead after 1 minute, Shabani Nonda, one of the shooting stars in French
first division scored 2 goals on his debut, 3 goals by Jacques Yemweni
played in two legs but
both at Camerroon within a few days, April 19 and April 22/23
Poor Somalia at African
champions Cameroon: no chance in a match played in two legs away. Somalia
had not been able to guarantuee safety at home.
0:1 ('26) Mboma 0:2 ('30) Foe, 0:3 ('37) Eto'o, att. 18,000 (Yaounde, Cameroon)
Cameroon - Somalia
First leg 3:0. No contest:
this is to be a formaility
result: 3:0 (Cameroon
goals: Robert Mbah 16, 27 Salomon Olembe 47, attendance: 10,000
played in two legs but
both at Egypt within a few days, about April 20-23
Mauritius would have been
a bit dangerous for Egypt, but now both matches are played at Egypt and
this should prove as an advantage too big.
Egypt, who had intended
to use several professionals only for the first match, began concentrated.
Early in the match Emara on a counter attack punished a bad positioning
of the Mauritius keeper who gave away the near post against the 16 meter
shot from half left. After half an hour Mauritius had a huge opportunity
but the Egyptian keeper saved for a corner. All other 1st half chances
were on the side of Egypt who came close several times. In second half
Egypt had their problems with the reluctance of Mauitius but scored a second
goal after about 70 minutes when a deflected free kick from the left
hand side fell down into a bunch of players, 2 defenders, the goal
keeper who missed it and Egyptian #19 who touched the ball best which rolled
into the empty goal. The Egyptians should have scored one more goal while
Mauritius could not create any more danger.
Egypt - Mauritius
The first match suggested
that this one might have become a little more thrilling if had been played
on home and away basis. Now Egypt should have no problems at all, they
are clearly the better team.
result: 4:2 (Egypt qualified)
An early goal by Egypt for
some minutes seemed to result in a tired match but during the first half
Mauritius became more and more ambitious and forced Egypt into a lively
practice match. They were rewarded with the equalizer late in the half
by a 16 meter shot.
The Mauritius resistance
lasted until Egypt scored their second goal after 72 minutes, a goal that
obviously boosted the Egyptian joy in the game. In the following Egypt
were running up the score with style in the remaining minutes.