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2014 World Cup draw: African nations

2014 World Cup draw: African nations
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Ahead of Friday’s draw, let’s take a quick look at the five African teams in the pot.


Frustrated at being denied a semi-final spot at the last world cup, Ghana are determined and driven.

Experienced players with plenty of midfield and attacking talent guaranteed an impressive road to the finals.

A 6-1 win over Egypt in the first leg of the playoff showed Ghana’s potential.

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast failed to get past the first round in the last two World Cups. Difficult opening round draws didn’t help.

The team were either outright favourites or among the leading picks at the last five African Nations Cup tournaments.

This is the last chance for many of the team and they will be determined to show why they are the top-ranked country from the continent.


Cameroon will become the African side with the most appearances at the World Cup finals following their qualification for Brazil 2014.

It’s their seventh World Cup, but friction and divisions amongst players, and poor performances, have plagued the team for the last four years.

A successful qualifying campaign may be the the start of things going in a positive direction for the central African team.


Nigeria were the first African team to qualify and their youthful side will be looking to reach the knock-out stages for the first time since France ’98.

Consistent team selection has allowed Nigeria to show steady growth in recent months. Their friendly against Italy in London earlier this month shows they can mix it with the best.


It’s Algeria’s second successive World Cup finals. They’re the only side from north Africa and the Middle East to reach Brazil.

They were ranked second in Africa at the end of 2012, but were first to be knocked out of the African Cup of Nations in January.

Algeria have battled for years to realise the potential of a team picked mainly from the large Algerian population in France.