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1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) section of the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification saw teams competing for two berths in the final tournament in Italy.

26 nations in total entered the qualifying stage. FIFA rejected the entries of Mauritius and Mozambique due to their outstanding debts, leaving 24 nations to contest the qualifying spots. Lesotho, Rwanda and Togo withdrew after the draw for the first round, which took place on 12 December 1987, but before playing a match. Libya won their first round tie and advanced to the second round, but withdrew halfway through that stage, meaning all their results in the group were annulled.

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FormatEdit

  • First Round: Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Zaire, the eight best ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the Second Round directly. The remaining sixteen teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the Second Round.
  • Second Round: The eight winners from the first round were joined by the eight seeded teams and divided into four groups of four teams each. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The four remaining teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.

First roundEdit

Eight knockout (two-legged) ties were originally required, involving the sixteen lowest ranked African countries. The withdrawals of three teams meant only five ties were actually contested. The eight successful teams advanced to the group format of the second round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Angola   2–1   Sudan 0–0 2–1
Zimbabwe   w/o   Lesotho
Zambia   w/o   Rwanda
Uganda   2–3   Malawi 1–0 1–3
Libya   3–2   Burkina Faso 3–0 0–2
Ghana   0–2   Liberia 0–0 0–2
Tunisia   5–3   Guinea 5–0 0–3
Gabon   w/o   Togo
Algeria   Bye
Cameroon   Bye
Egypt   Bye
Ivory Coast   Bye
Kenya   Bye
Morocco   Bye
Nigeria   Bye
Zaire   Bye

Second roundEdit

The eight qualifiers from the first round were joined by the eight highest-ranked CAF teams. The teams were split into four groups of four which played a home-and-away round-robin, with the four group winners advancing to the final round.

Legend
Countries that advanced to the Final Round

Group AEdit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Algeria 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Ivory Coast 4 1 2 1 5 1 +4 4
  Zimbabwe 4 0 1 3 1 10 −9 1
  Libya Withdrew after one match
       
Algeria   1 – 0 3 – 0
Ivory Coast   0 – 0 5 – 0
Zimbabwe   1 – 2 0 – 0

Libya played one match in this group before withdrawing from the competition, annulling their results.

Group BEdit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Egypt 6 3 2 1 6 2 +4 8
  Liberia 6 2 2 2 2 3 −1 6
  Malawi 6 1 3 2 3 4 −1 5
  Kenya 6 1 3 2 2 4 −2 5
         
Egypt   2 – 0 2 – 0 1 – 0
Kenya   0 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1
Liberia   1 – 0 0 – 0 1 – 0
Malawi   1 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 0

Group CEdit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Cameroon 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3 9
  Nigeria 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 7
  Angola 6 1 2 3 6 7 −1 4
  Gabon 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 4
         
Cameroon   1 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 1
Nigeria   2 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 0
Angola   1 – 2 2 – 2 2 – 0
Gabon   1 – 3 2 – 1 1 – 0

Group DEdit

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Tunisia 6 3 1 2 5 5 0 7
  Zambia 6 3 0 3 7 6 +1 6
  Zaire 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 6
  Morocco 6 1 3 2 4 5 −1 5
         
Tunisia   1 – 0 1 – 0 2 – 1
Zambia   1 – 0 4 – 2 2 – 1
Zaire   3 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 0
Morocco   0 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1

Final roundEdit

The four group winners from the second round were drawn into two ties. The winner of each two-legged tie qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Algeria  0 – 0  Egypt
Egypt  1 – 0  Algeria
H. Hassan   4'
Attendance: 100,000

Egypt won 1–0 on aggregate and qualified for the 1990 World Cup.


Cameroon  2 – 0  Tunisia
Mfédé   54'
Kundé   90+1'
Attendance: 80,000
Tunisia  0 – 1  Cameroon
Omam-Biyik   14'
Attendance: 45,000

Cameroon won 3–0 on aggregate and qualified for the 1990 World Cup.

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