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Bob Bradley’s Egypt face Ghana, as African World Cup playoff draw sets up huge CAF clashes

Sep 16, 2013, 7:39 AM EDT

Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. gestures during their 2014 World Cup Brazil qualifying soccer match against Mozambique at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium" Reuters

After being seeded in Pot 2 for the final round of CAF World Cup qualifying, Egyptian national team manager Bob Bradley knew his side would face strong opposition in the last hurdle to get to Brazil.

But the former U.S. national team manager was handed an extremely tough draw as the Pharaohs face Ghana in a home and away playoff series to play out in October and November.

The winner will make the 2014 World Cup and the loser…. well, that doesn’t bear thinking about.

Bradley’s men won all six of their group stage games, the only nation in the world to have gone through their qualifying group with a 100 percent record. Yet due to their FIFA World Ranking, 50, they were placed outside the top seeds for the playoff draw and now face one of Africa’s strongest teams in a duel that will result in either Ghana or Egypt heading to Brazil 2014.

During his time in charge of the USMNT, Bradley’s men were knocked out of the 2010 World Cup by the Black Stars in the last 16 in South Africa. Ghana will prove a massive test for the Egyptians.

However Egypt do have the advantage of playing away from home in the first leg against Ghana between October 11-15 and then hosting the Black Stars between November 15-19 to decide their World Cup fate in front of their home fans.

Elsewhere, two other huge matchups were drawn out as the Ivory Coast will face Senegal and Tunisia square off with Cameroon for a spot at the World Cup. Rounding off the draw surprise package Ethiopia play Nigeria and Burkina Faso clash with Algeria.

All first legs will be played between October 11-15 and the second legs will take place on a date to be arranged between November 15-19.

Here is the CAF World Cup playoff round draw in full:

Ivory Coast v Senegal

Ethiopia v Nigeria

Tunisia v Cameroon

Ghana v Egypt

Burkina Faso v Algeria

  1. midtec2005 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    How is it that a team that goes undefeated doesn’t get seeded? What a bunch of crap. It sounds to me like Africa needs to re-think their system. Go Egypt!

    • cscobra14 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Nothing wrong with Egypt not being seeded….they were not one of the 5 highest ranked teams in Africa. The problem was that they failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations which hurt them dearly as well as the 4 consecutive friendly loses. Just because a team gets hot for a stretch does not mean they deserve a seed.

      • bryaneverson - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        I believe there’s credence to what you say, but that’s why those are Cup games and this is WCQ. If they’d gone something like 4-2-0 I would have an easier time accepting their fate, but to go not only undefeated but 6-0-0 in your group stage and come out at a disadvantage seems counter intuitive.

  2. soccerjohn - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Tough draw for Egypt, certainly. And Egypt should have been seeded. But, as the seeded team, it’s Ghana that’s getting the worse deal here. Being seeded didn’t help them at all. Egypt is ranked just above Ghana by Elo and just behind by SPI. Great test of Bradley’s team. And wouldn’t it be delicious if Bradley could take revenge on Ghana for knocking the US out of the WC in 2010 by denying them the WC entirely in 2014?!

    • cscobra14 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      we all know how horrible a coach Bradley is, I would be shocked if this did not end up with an aggregate of 6-2 for the Black Stars

      • midtec2005 - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Have you been paying attention at all? Bradley is not a horrible coach, wake up. In fact he quite highly regarded in Egypt…

      • mlsconvert88888 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Wow, so much bitterness toward Bald Bob. Are you an Algeria fan still stinging from 2010?

      • braxtonrob - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        @cscobra14, You’re ‘analysis’ Coach Bob Bradley’s ability (and record) is almost not worthy of reply. Almost. Bob Bradley is one of the greatest coaches in US history. You are an idiot.

      • sfrunning - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        You are delusional, and “we” is not most of “us”. Bradley is a perfectly good coach– let’s see you go to Egypt and be 6-0. New language, completely different culture, revolutions, street fights,he’s a tough, tough guy and he knows what he is doing.

        He’s seen Ghana before in the World Cup, if you play the same team again and again, bright minds eventually figure out how to beat the other. And those Egyptian players are GOOD. Keep it close away, then at home– wherever that is– complete the task. Don’t get in a track meet, obviously…

        Go Egypt!

  3. talgrath - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    It is worth noting that Ghana beat Egypt in their last friendly 3-0, this may very well doom Egypt’s chances of qualification.

  4. rphillish - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Even when an American leaves America, they’re still haunted by Ghana. Good luck Egypt, you’re gonna need it.

  5. braxtonrob - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:56 PM


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