2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Africa. 51 teams took part (only Comoros and Djibouti did not enter), competing for 5 World Cup places.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)
2002
2010

The qualification was composed of two Rounds. 9 teams entered the competition directly on the Second Round: the 5 teams that qualified for the 2002 World Cup Finals (Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia) and the 4 highest-ranking teams in the June 25, 2003 FIFA world rankings (Congo DR, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, and Morocco). The other 42 teams were paired 2-by-2 and played knock-out matches home-and-away. The 21 winners would advance to the Second Round.

In the Second Round, the 30 teams were divided in 5 groups of 6 teams each. Teams in each group would play against each other in a home-and-away basis. The team with most points in each group would qualify to the World Cup.

The competition also constituted the qualification competition for the 2006 African Nations Cup with the top three nations of each group qualifying (except for Egypt, which qualifies as the host nation, the fourth nation in Egypt's group qualifying in Egypt's place).

The African qualifying zone saw 4 out of 5 finals places going to World Cup debutants (Angola, Togo, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana). Nigeria missed out on a fourth consecutive finals appearance while Cameroon did not reach their fifth consecutive finals.

The African zone also featured a group of death — Group 3, which brought together Africa's most frequent World Cup qualifier Cameroon with the two eventual finalists of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt and the Ivory Coast.

TiebreakersEdit

If teams were even on points at the end of group play, the tied teams were ranked by:[1]

  1. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
  3. Greatest number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned
  4. Goal difference in all group matches
  5. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
  6. A play-off on neutral ground. If, after 90 minutes, this match ended in a draw, two 15-minute periods of extra time would be played. If the score was still level after extra time, a penalty shoot-out would determine the winner.

This was a change from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where total goal difference was the first tiebreaker.

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guinea-Bissau   1–4   Mali 1–2 0–2
Madagascar   3–4   Benin 1–1 2–3
Seychelles   1–5   Zambia 0–4 1–1
Botswana   4–1   Lesotho 4–1 0–0
Equatorial Guinea   1–2   Togo 1–0 0–2
São Tomé and Príncipe   0–9   Libya 0–1 0–8
Zanzibar   1–10   Kenya 1–4 0–6
Niger   0–7   Algeria 0–1 0–6
Uganda   4–3   Mauritius 3–0 1–3 (a.e.t.)
Sudan   3–0   Eritrea 3–0 0–0
Zimbabwe   4–2   Mauritania 3–0 1–2
Swaziland   1–4   Cape Verde 1–1 0–3
Burundi   1–4   Gabon 0–0 1–4
Chad   3–3(a)   Angola 3–1 0–2
Congo   2–1   Sierra Leone 1–0 1–1
Ethiopia   1–3   Malawi 1–3 0–0
Rwanda   4–1   Namibia 3–0 1–1
Guinea   5–3   Mozambique 1–0 4–3
Gambia   2–3   Liberia 2–0 0–3
Somalia   0–7   Ghana 0–5 0–2
Burkina Faso   w/o   Central African Republic

Second roundEdit

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  Togo 10 7 2 1 20 8 +12 23 3–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 3–0
  Senegal 10 6 3 1 21 8 +13 21 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–0 6–1
  Zambia 10 6 1 3 16 10 +6 19 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–0
  Congo 10 3 1 6 10 14 −4 10 2–3 0–0 2–3 1–0 3–0
  Mali 10 2 2 6 11 14 −3 8 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–1
  Liberia 10 1 1 8 3 27 −24 4 0–0 0–3 0–5 0–2 1–0

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  Ghana 10 6 3 1 17 4 +13 21 0–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
  DR Congo 10 4 4 2 14 10 +4 16[a] 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 4–0
  South Africa 10 5 1 4 12 14 −2 16[a] 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–1
  Burkina Faso 10 4 1 5 14 13 +1 13 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–0
  Cape Verde 10 3 1 6 8 15 −7 10 0–4 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0
  Uganda 10 2 2 6 6 15 −9 8 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Congo DR 4, South Africa 1.

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  Ivory Coast 10 7 1 2 20 7 +13 22 2–3 2–0 2–0 5–0 3–0
  Cameroon 10 6 3 1 18 10 +8 21 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
  Egypt 10 5 2 3 26 15 +11 17 1–2 3–2 4–1 6–1 4–1
  Libya 10 3 3 4 8 10 −2 12 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 4–1
  Sudan 10 1 3 6 6 22 −16 6 1–3 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–0
  Benin 10 1 2 7 9 23 −14 5 0–1 1–4 3–3 1–0 1–1

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  Angola 10 6 3 1 12 6 +6 21[a] 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0
  Nigeria 10 6 3 1 21 7 +14 21[a] 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
  Zimbabwe 10 4 3 3 13 14 −1 15 2–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 3–1
  Gabon 10 2 4 4 11 13 −2 10 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–0
  Algeria 10 1 5 4 8 15 −7 8 0–0 2–5 2–2 0–3 1–0
  Rwanda 10 1 2 7 6 16 −10 5 0–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Angola 4, Nigeria 1.

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  Tunisia 10 6 3 1 25 9 +16 21 2–2 2–0 1–0 4–1 7–0
  Morocco 10 5 5 0 17 7 +10 20 1–1 1–0 5–1 1–0 4–1
  Guinea 10 5 2 3 15 10 +5 17 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–1
  Kenya 10 3 1 6 8 17 −9 10 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–2
  Botswana 10 3 0 7 10 18 −8 9 1–3 0–1 1–2 2–1 2–0
  Malawi 10 1 3 6 12 26 −14 6 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–3

Qualified teamsEdit

The following five teams from CAF qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
  Togo Second Round Group 1 winners 8 October 2005 0 (debut)
  Ghana Second Round Group 2 winners 8 October 2005 0 (debut)
  Ivory Coast Second Round Group 3 winners 8 October 2005 0 (debut)
  Angola Second Round Group 4 winners 8 October 2005 0 (debut)
  Tunisia Second Round Group 5 winners 8 October 2005 3 (1978, 1998, 2002)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

11 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Regulations 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany" (PDF). 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2021.