Five African nations qualify for World Cup finals
Algeria and Ghana completed the five African qualifiers for next year’s World Cup, joining Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast, who all qualified at the weekend.
This quintet is identical to Africa’s ambassadors at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Algeria did just enough to book a ticket to their fourth World Cup by beating Burkina Faso 1-0 to go through on the away goals’ rule after the first game ended 3-2 in favour of the west Africans.
It needed a scrambled effort in the 49th minute by skipper Madjid Bougherra for Algeria against Burkina Faso - beaten finalists at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations - who were resolute in defence, but offered very little going forward.