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Africa World Cup qualifying: Ivory Coast vs. Senegal headlines CAF play-offs

The final round of African World Cup qualifying is set after the CAF draw for the five two-legged play-offs that will determine the continents five teams for Brazil and it resulted on one giant clash -- Ivory Coast vs. Senegal. The Ivorians will host the Senegalese in the first leg then play the second leg at a neutral venue because Senegal is banned from hosting matches after rioting during an African Nations Cup contest last year.

Elsewhere, Ghana will take on Egypt in a tough match-up for both teams. The Ghanians are considered the second-best team in Africa and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup, while the Pharaohs are the only team in the world still undefeated in qualifying as they try to end a 24-year World Cup drought.

Tunisia was gifted a spot in the final round of qualifying after Cape Verde were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player and they will play Cameroon for a spot in Brazil. Algeria's road back to the World Cup will continue against Burkina Faso and the final play-off will see Nigeria attempting to end the dreams of Africa's darlings, Ethiopia, the 93rd ranked team in the world who nobody expected to make it this far.

Play-off ties

- Ivory Coast vs. Senegal

- Ethiopia vs. Nigeria

- Tunisia vs. Cameroon

- Ghana vs. Egypt

- Burkina Faso vs. Algeria

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Africa World Cup qualifying: Ivory Coast vs. Senegal headlines CAF play-offs

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