Cairo - Ivory Coast and Senegal were paired together in Africa's Soccer World Cup
qualifying playoffs draw on Monday, reviving a rivalry that featured a
stadium riot last year.
They were the first two countries to
emerge from the draw in Cairo, soliciting gasps from the small audience
at the Confederation of African Football's headquarters.
The other four ties will see Ethiopia play Nigeria, Tunisia meet Cameroon, Ghana take on Egypt and Burkina Faso against Algeria.
have been banned from using their stadium in Dakar since rioting
brought a premature halt to the African Nations Cup qualifier against
Ivory Coast in October.
The match was stopped 14 minutes from the
end as frustrated home supporters lit fires on the terraces and threw
objects on to the field after Didier Drogba's penalty had put the
Ivorians in control of the two-legged tie.
Senegal have undergone a
major overhaul since their Nations Cup elimination, appointing former
France World Cup midfielder Alain Giresse as coach and dumping top
players like Demba Ba of Chelsea.
They won their World Cup group
despite hosting qualifiers in neutral Guinea and Morocco and will have
completed their ban by the time they host the second leg of the playoff
against Ivory Coast.
However, it has not yet been decided if they
will take the match to the same Leopold Senghor Stadium where last
year's riot occurred.
World soccer's ruling body FIFA has asked
the 10 playoff countries to nominate the day of the ties, venues and
kickoffs by Friday.
The first legs must be played between Oct.
11-15 and the return games between Nov. 15-19. The winners qualify for
the World Cup in Brazil.
Burkina Faso and Ethiopia are looking to reach the finals for the first time.
have a tough assignment against Nigeria while Burkina Faso will fancy
their chances against mercurial Algeria who are ranked third in Africa
despite having had a poor Nations Cup in South Africa at the start of
the year. The draw for the 2014 World Cup Africa zone play-offs was made in Cairo Monday:
Ivory Coast v Senegal
Ethiopia v Nigeria
Tunisia v Cameroon
Ghana v Egypt
Burkina Faso v Algeria
First legs to be played between October 11-15, second legs between November 15-19.
The five winners will qualify for Brazil.