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World Cup qualifiers: African team predictions

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The ten African sides who reached the play-off stages have discovered their fate in a draw which took at the Cairo headquarters of the Confederation of African Football, reports Fifa.

The ten countries who progressed to the play-off stages are: Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Algeria and Tunisia.

They will slug it out for the five slots allocated to Africa in the World Cup schedule to take place in Brazil in 2014.

African Nations Cup champions Nigeria, as well as Algeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia went into the draw as the seeded teams while Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia and Senegal were unseeded.

Here are the draw results:

Cote d'Ivoire - Senegal

Ethiopia - Nigeria

Tunisia - Cameroon

Ghana - Egypt

Burkina Faso - Algeria

The two-way ties will be played between 11-15 October 2013 and 15-19 November 2013.

GMS Academy take a look at the teams likely qualify to represent Africa in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Cote d'Ivoire - Senegal

No doubt, this is the toughest of the draws, with both sides going into the tie as two of Africa's biggest teams and both as former African champions. The draw sets up a very fierce West African tie.

Senegal have of late fallen off the perch as formidable force in African football, while Cote d'Ivoire on the other hand looks the stronger of the two sides.

Prediction: Cote d'Ivoire

Ethiopia - Nigeria

The Super Eagles of Nigeria seem to have been awarded the easiest draw, pitching them against the Walia Antelopes of Ethiopia.

The African champions are likely to qualify from this draw, but will definitely have to exercise care against the Ethiopian team which they will regard as minnows. The Ethiopians knocked out the 2010 hosts - the Bafana Bafana of South Africa - to book a place in the top-ten.

The Super Eagles will also have at the back of their mind their painful 2006 World Cup play-off experience against an underrated Angolan side, which they missed out on a place in Germany.

Prediction: Nigeria

Tunisia - Cameroon

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have all but looked indomitable of late, they have fallen down the perking order of Africa's football giants. They are likely to fall at the hands of the Eagles of Cartage - as the Tunisian side is called.

Prediction: Tunisia 

Ghana - Egypt

The Pharaohs pride themselves as the most successful African side at confederation level, having won the African cup of Nations a record seven times, and featured in the world cup twice.

Egypt has played Ghana in 21 games throughout the two sides' history, winning in ten, drawing in five and losing to the Black Stars in six games.

Bob Bradley's side are the only team to have collected maximum points in the group stage, having claimed six wins and will be hoping that will count when they face the Black Stars. 

The Ghanaian team - four-time African champions - are one of the best African teams but have struggled of late to stamp their authority in the continent.

Prediction: Egypt

Burkina Faso - Algeria

The Desert Foxes of Algeria will be heaving a sigh of relief that they missed being paired against fellow North-African rivals Egypt.

However they sure will not get it easy against the Stallions of Burkina Faso, who reached the finals of the Africa Nations Cup last year, losing to Nigeria in the final.

The Stallions should spring a surprise if they are able to replicate their fine display at the 2013 nations cup and make their first appearance in the world cup finals. The odds favour the more experienced Algerians to prevail over Burkina Faso. 

Prediction: Algeria

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