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Ghana, Ivory Coast Earn World Cup Berths


Ghana and Ivory Coast have earned their first berths to football's World Cup tournament, but Nigeria has failed to make the tournament in African qualifying.

Ghana qualified thanks to a 4-0 win over the Cape Verde Islands in Praia, giving the Ghanaians the Group-2 title. Ivory Coast booked its place in Germany next year with a 3-1 win over Sudan in Omdurman, giving the Ivorians the Group-3 crown.

Togo won the Group-1 title with a 3-2 win over the Republic of Congo in Brazzaville. This is the first time Togo has been to the World Cup.

Nigeria failed to win Group-4 when Angola scored a 1-0 win over Rwanda in Kigali. Even though Nigeria won its match over Zimbabwe, 5-1, Angola won the group because of a better head-to-head record against Nigeria. Next year will mark Angola's first appearance in the World Cup.

In a late match, Tunisia played Morocco to a 2-2 draw in Rades to become the fifth and final African qualifier. Tunisia needed only a draw while Morocco needed to win the match to win its group. Only the group winners in Africa advance to the World Cup.

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