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African qualification began in October 2003 - when 42 nations faced a two-legged qualifying tie; with the winners joining Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia in the second round.

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African Qualification for the World Cup Finals in Germany 2006.

Second Round:
Five groups of six teams - with the winners of each group going to Germany, for the World Cup Finals in 2006.

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Group 1

Senegal, Mali, Zambia, Togo, Liberia and Congo.

Going into the final games on October 8th, 2005:
Togo (20pts) and Senegal (18pts) lead the standings, with Senegal at home to Mali and Togo away to Congo. Senegal have to win and hope that Togo lose.

A 3-2 win for Togo assured them of a place in Germany 2006.

Group 2

South Africa, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Uganda and Cape Verde.

Going into the final games on October 8th, 2005:
A draw between South Africa (15pts) and Congo DR (15pts) would hand qualification to Ghana (18pts) - if they fail to get a point, away to Cape Verde.

Ghana made it all look easy with a 4-0 win in Cape Verde.

Group 3

Cameroon, Egypt, Côte d'Ivoire, Libya, Sudan and Benin.

Going into the final games on October 8th, 2005:
Cameroon (20pts) beat Côte d'Ivoire (19pts) 3-2 on Sunday, September 4th in Abidjan - to put them in the driving seat when the entertain Egypt (16pts), who are out of the race. Côte d'Ivoire travel to Sudan and will need to win and hope Egypt's pride alone will make them hard to beat.

With the Cameroon-Egypt game at 1-1, Pierre Wome missed a penalty in injury-time; which would have given them a place in the 2006 World Cup Finals.

Côte d'Ivoire beat Sudan 3-1 to win the group.

Group 4

Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Angola, Gabon and Rwanda.

Going into the final games on October 8th, 2005:
Nigeria (18pts) need to win at home to Zimbabwe (15pts) if they want to try and finish ahead of Angola (18pts) - who play away to Rwanda. Angola beat Nigeria at home and drew with them away, so Nigeria will also need Angola to drop points in their final game.

Although Nigeria beat Zimbabwe 5-1, Angola qualified by beating Rwanda 1-0.

Group 5

Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Guinea, Malawi and Botswana.

Going into the final games on October 8th, 2005:
Tunisia (20pts) have a slight advantage over Morocco (19pts), so just need a draw at home when the two teams meet on October 8th.

Morocco took the lead twice in their deciding fixture but a 2-2 draw (thanks to a Talal El Karkouri goal in his own net) ensured that Tunisia became the 5th African nation to qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany.

Qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals

Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Tunisia qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals.

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