Rwanda finish routed bottom of Group H, Cameroon complete playoffs pack
Algeria vs. Benin – 9pm
Amavubi finished 2014 World Cup qualifiers to a sour note thus finishing bottom of the Group H with two points in six matches played.
Amavubi team lost to Benin 2-0 in the final Group H match away in Porto Novo on Sunday.
The victory for the ‘Squirrels’ ensured they avoided finishing bottom of the pool, and could even end up in second place if Algeria defeat Mali convincingly on Tuesday.
The two teams came into the game with nothing but pride to play for, as Algeria had already secured top spot in the group.
Nonetheless, Benin put themselves ahead ten minutes before the break through Mickael Pote, while a strike from Bello Babatunde early in the second half extended their advantage.
Rwanda finished bottom of the pool with just two points from six matches, while Benin collected eight points.
Group H will be wrapped up on Tuesday evening when Algeria host Mali in Blida.
Meanwhile, defender Aurelien Chedjou got the all-important goal as Cameroon beat Libya 1-0 in Yaounde to become the last team to advance to the final round of African qualifiers for next year’s World Cup.
It was the only decisive game of six qualifiers on Sunday as the group phase of the African preliminaries came to a close, delivering an eclectic mix of perennial heavyweight contenders and new pretenders to compete in the play-off matches over the next two months.
Cameroon join Algeria, Burkina Faso, the Cape Verde Islands, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Senegal in next week’s draw for the play-offs, set for October and November.
The five ties, to be played over two legs, will determine which African countries go to Brazil. Cameroon are on course to extend their African record number of World Cup finals appearances to seven after finishing top of Group I.
Chedjou scored three minutes before halftime with a header from Samuel Eto’o's corner to ensure Cameroon finished four points ahead of Libya who had needed to win to go top of the table.
Togo were again without talismanic striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is still at loggerheads with coach Didier Six, but won their first game of the campaign with a last-gasp goal from substitute Backer Aloenouvo as they beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 in Lome.
Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe all finished bottom of their respective groups without a victory in six matches after failing again on Sunday.
Lesotho caused a minor upset by coming from two goals down to beat Sudan 3-2 in Khartoum for their first ever away win in World Cup qualification, stretching back to 1972.
Sudan finished with just two points in Group D while Lesotho avoided bottom spot by moving up to five.
Zimbabwe had a chance to avoid the wooden spoon in Group G but was held to a 1-1 draw at home by neighbours Mozambique.