Friday, September 7, 2007

Two African Teams Out of 2010 World Cup

Two nations have dropped out of qualifying for the upcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Central African Republic and Sao Tome e Principe have pulled out of qualifying. No details were given as to the reasons for the withdrawal of the two countries.

FIFA said in a statement it had changed the draw for the opening round of African qualifying matches, in which the 10 lowest ranked teams had been paired.

Swaziland and the Seychelles have now been handed byes into the group phase.
Madagascar will play the Comoros Islands, who are making their World Cup debut, and Sierra Leone take on Guinea Bissau in two-legged ties next month and in November.

Djibouti will meet Somalia in a single play-off match in Djibouti on Nov. 17. Somalia have had to forfeit home advantage because of the civil war in the country.

The winners of the three ties will join 45 other countries in the group draw, to be made in Durban on Nov. 25.

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