Cape Verde stun Tunisia, Ethiopia qualify despite points deduction
Posted Monday, September 9 2013 at 01:10
Kampala- Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Ghana secured themselves places in African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup.
Ethiopia were one of several sides during Africa’s World Cup qualifying campaign who had results overturned by Fifa for using ineligible players. There was a touch of irony in the fact that Ethiopia’s winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Central African Republic in Group A was scored by Minyahil Teshome Beyene.
He was the man who lead to his side being docked points in July.
Cape Verde were the beneficiaries of another ruling from Fifa on ineligible players as they gained three points for Equatorial Guinea’s use of Emilio Nsue Lopez in both games against them.
Despite that Tunisia only needed a draw in the final Group B game at home to Cape Verde but lost 2-0.
There was also drama in Group E as Burkina Faso claimed top spot ahead of Congo Brazzaville. Congo were held to a 2-2 draw in Niger which allowed Burkina Faso to move ahead of them thanks to a 1-0 win over visiting Gabon. Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 in Kumasi on Friday to win Group D and reach the play-off draw on 16 September.
Ethiopia had to come from behind to seal their place in the play-offs with a 2-1 win over Central African Republic . The game was played in Brazzaville due to the continued security issues in Bangui.
Ethiopia’s comeback began shortly after the break when striker Saladin Said levelled things for his side.
The win that the Waliya Antelope needed was sealed by Minyahil Teshome Beyene on the hour mark.
It is the second time the Ethiopians have celebrated winning the group they thought they had done it back in June when they beat South Africa.
2014 WC qualifiers
Ghana 2-1 Zambia
CAR 1-2 Ethiopia
Burkina Faso 1-0 Gabon
S. Africa 4-1 Botswana
Tunisia 0-2 Cape Verde
Ivory Coast 1-1 Morocco
Sierra Leone 3-2 E. Guinea
Gambia 2-0 Tanzania
Niger 2-2 Congo
Nigeria 2-0 Malawi
Angola 4-1 Liberia