Ivory Coast face Senegal playoff
Ivory Coast and Senegal have been drawn together in the African zone World Cup qualifying playoffs. Sabri Lamouchi's Ivory Coast, ranked as the top African nation by FIFA by some distance, will host the first leg but the return will be held at a neutral venue. Senegal are banned from hosting games throughout World Cup qualifying after fans rioted during an African Nations Cup game, coincidentally against the Ivorians in October 2012. Tunisia, reinstated into the World Cup after Cape Verde Islands fielded an ineligible player against them earlier this month, will play out another high profile playoff against Cameroon. Egypt and Ghana will also meet in a tie which has little to separate the two nations. Egypt manager Bob Bradley will get another chance to beat Ghana, who knocked out Bradley's United States squad from the 2010 World Cup in the Round of 16. "Matches against Ghana will be very tough as the team consists of several players from the biggest European leagues," Bradley told reporters after the draw. "There is no need to worry as we could have been paired with any of the five teams and they are all powerful." Nigeria will be overwhelming favourites to deny Ethiopia their first-ever appearance at the World Cup, with the final tie seeing Burkina Faso hoping to make their bow by ousting 2010 finalists Algeria.
Seeded: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia
Unseeded: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal, Ethiopia