Thursday, November 19, 2009

African soccer champions Egypt out of World Cup

By Nomava Nobumba
19 November 2009

Algeria beat African champions Egypt one-nil in a tense match last night that saw six yellow cards being handed out.

The win means that Algeria had qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Security in and around the stadium was tight as police feared a repeat of Saturday’s violence in Cairo when 20 Algerian fans and three of the country’s players were injured.

Jubilant Algerians waved flags and fireworks, and drove through the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum cheering their first qualification for the World Cup finals in almost quarter of a century.

Now Algeria has joined Cameroon and Nigeria, who qualified on Saturday, and Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, who qualified earlier, for the World Cup.

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