The African continent has over the weekend produced its first three representatives to the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be played in June-July in Brazil, South America.
The superb performance of Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions deserves to be mentioned first, as they outclassed and outplayed the Tunisia’s Eagles of Carthage in the capital Yaoundé in front of the sold-out home crowd.
The two teams were tied 0-0 in the first leg in North Africa.
The score, 4-1 at the end of the regular time, says it all, and duly sums up the magic style of play of Cameroonians led by their talismanic captain Samuel Eto’o.
They truly deserve to be in Brazil, and many Africans wish that they repeat their five-star performance against Tunisia next summer in the South American heat.
On Saturday night, it was the turn of the Ivorian Elephants to boot Senegal out of the lucrative and prestigious competition. The game, completely dominated by the Lions of Teranga, ended 1-1, giving the advantage to Ivorian captain Didier Drogba and his teammates who beat Senegal 3-1 in Abidjan in the first leg.
The first African team to qualify for this competition was the Super Eagles of Nigeria, who easily beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in on Saturday afternoon in Calabar.
The first leg in Addis-Ababa ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.
It was a fait accompli for the Super Eagles, and Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi is the happiest man in the world after achieving the rare and difficult feat of both winning the African championship in South Africa, and taking his team to the soccer World Cup.
The last two African ambassadors to the World Cup will be known Tuesday evening after the last whistle of the games between Egypt and Ghana, and Algeria-Burkina Faso.
Watch this space!
Photo: Captain Samuel Eto’o and a teammate celebrate yet another participation of Cameroon to the FIFA World Cup. Credit: AFP