Nigeria, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast became the first three African countries to qualify for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ this weekend by triumphing in two-leg contests against Ethiopia, Tunisia and Senegal, respectively.
Nigeria got goals from Liverpool winger Victor Moses and former Inter Milan turned Lokomotiv Moscow striker Victor Obinna to win 2-0 on Saturday and 4-1 on aggregate. Ivory Coast booked their trip with a 1-1 tie in Morocco with Lille winger Salomon Kalou netting in stoppage time to make it 4-1 on aggregate.
Cameroon was dominant on Sunday with a 4-1 win against Tunisia, including a double from Jean Makoun, after the two countries played to a scoreless draw in the first contest.
The trio of Super Eagles, Indomitable Lions and Elephants, three traditional powers from the region, make it 24 nations bound for Brazil, thus far.
The other two spots afforded to Africa will be decided on Tuesday with Ghana needing only to avoid a five-goal defeat against Egypt to pave their path and Algeria hosting Burkina Faso, which won 3-2 at home in the first game.
Four more from Europe will seal spots on Tuesday, as the second legs of UEFA playoffs are played.
Uruguay and Mexico are near locks to round out the list of 32 teams to make the finals on Wednesday when they take huge advantages from the first leg into second Inter-continental Playoff matches against Jordan and New Zealand.
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