By Edmund Bobie
Ivory Coast joined Nigeria as the first African countries to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil after a 1 – 1 draw against Senegal in Casablanca, Morocco. Ivory Coast won the first leg 3 – 1 and the draw gave them a 4 – 2 aggregate victory.
Senegal had gone ahead 1 – 0 on the night through a 77th minute penalty by substitute Moussa Sow after Didier Drogba fouled Sadio Mane in the box. Senegal continued to pile pressure on the Ivorians after but failed to find the back of the net.
A second goal would have ensured the Teranga Lions a place in Brazil next year but Salomon Kalou drew his country level with a strike in injury time.
The game was played in Casablanca because of a Stadium ban on Senegal after a riot in an African Cup qualifier between the teams last year.
The Ivorians will be making their third straight appearance at the World Cup, appearing in 2006 and 2010.
Three countries will join these two to represent the continent at the global event.