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Football: Deaths mar Algeria World Cup celebrations

Algeria's celebrations at qualifying for next year's World Cup in Brazil have been clouded by traffic accidents that have killed at least least 10 people, Algerian media reported on Thursday. In Bejaia, east of the capital, four football fans died when the car they were travelling in after the match collided with a heavy goods vehicle, the Liberte newspaper reported. A truck travelling at high speed in the Biskra region, south of Algiers, drove into a crowd of celebrating fans, killing four and seriously injuring two.

Football: Egypt, Ethiopia, I.Coast, Tunisia, Algeria advance

Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Algeria Sunday became the first countries to reach the play-offs in the Africa zone of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. A spectacular own goal by Bernard Parker gifted lowest Group A seeds Ethiopia a 2-1 triumph over 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa in Addis Ababa and an unassailable five-point lead with one round left. Mohamed Salah followed up a hat-trick against Zimbabwe last weekend by scoring the goal that earned Egypt a 1-0 win over Mozambique in Maputo and created a five-point Group G gap over Guinea.

Football: Egypt, Ethiopia, I.Coast, Tunisia, Algeria advance

Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Algeria Sunday became the first countries to reach the play-offs in the Africa zone of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. However, a FIFA statement issued after the final weekend qualifier said they are probing allegations that Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Togo fielding ineligible players this year in qualifiers. The standard punishment dished out by the world football governing body during the African qualifying competition is that a country found guilty forfeits any points gained and opponents are awarded a 3-0 victory.

Football: African struggle to reach Brazil hots up

A group-by-group analysis of the 2014 World Cup qualifying competition in Africa after the mini-league second round reached the halfway mark this week. GROUP A South Africa were expected to dominate one of the weakest four-team sections, but a team with an unimpressive away record are two points behind Ethiopia and must visit Addis Ababa during June. Ethiopia are on the rise, competing in the Cup of Nations two months ago after a 31-year absence, with Salahdin Said a proven scorer and Shemeles Bekele a dazzling dribbler. GROUP B
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