Nzalang Loses to Cape Verde 2-1

After losing to Cape Verde 2-1 on their last game, the National Nzalang of Equatorial Guinea is further from qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

Though Obina scored for the women’s Nzalang shortly after Cape Verde in the second half, they were unable to tie the match before the game was over.

The loss put Nzalang at third place in their group with a total of 4 points, followed by Cape Verde with 3 points. Ahead of Nzalang is Sierra Leone with 5 points and Tunisia with 10 points.

Bafana fall two places in FIFA rankings

Bafana Bafana have dropped two places from their previous 47th position in the latest FIFA world rankings released this week. Pitso Mosimane’s team, however, maintained their seventh position on the continent, making them one of the seeded teams for the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw to be held in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. As a seeded side for the tournament Bafana will avoid the top ten-ranked powerhouses on the continent: Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Algeria, and Tunisia. “The South American teams have accumulated points over the past month thanks to the Copa America tournament which helped them make strides, while we were inactive. This shows that is important to keep on playing to stand a better chance of improving on our rankings. Now it becomes crucial that we qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament and go as far as we can to help us also climb higher,” said Pitso Mosimane. The 2012 Africa cup of Nations will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon who have both already qualified to the finals along with Botswana. The cup will allow a great opportunity for African teams to advance in the FIFA world rankings depending on their success. Bafana’s next opponents, Burkina Faso, have also dropped two places to 39th in the world but remain fourth on the continent. Spain remains top of the world rankings, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Uruguay. The next rankings will be released on August 24.

Bafana Bafana will take on Burkina Faso on August 10 at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Kick-off is at 8:15pm.

Gambia in 2014 World Cup draw

Saturday Gambia will wait with baited breath for the preliminary draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Gambian team, the Scorpions, hopes for a favorable draw that will hopefully place them in matches against other African countries such as Zimbabwe, Central African Republic (CAF), Sierra Leone and Sudan. The final draw will decide preliminary knock-out matches for Africa’s lowest ranked nations.

The Gambian Scorpions recently defeated Liberia and raised their FIFA ranking. The 12 winners of the knock-out matches will join the other 28 teams remaining in the Confederation of African Football in the second round, the group stage, which consists of 10 groups of four teams. Games will take place from August to November 2013 to determine the five group winners that will qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will feature 32 teams with 1 spot being given to the host, Brazil, and the other 31 spots will be decided by a qualification process.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup seeding CAF pots for preliminary round is as follows:

Pot 1: Mozambique, Congo DR, Togo, Liberia, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Madagascar, Namibia.
Pot 2: Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Swaziland, Comoros, Lesotho, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sao Tome Principe.

Group stage draw include in Pot 1: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Algeria, and Tunisia.
Pot 2: Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Guinea, Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Mali, Cape Verde Islands.
Pot 3: Benin, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Niger, Gambia, Angola.