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Tough World Cup draw for Gambia

Aug 1, 2011, 1:25 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia’s Scorpions will face Chad or Tanzania, Morocco and Didier Drogba’s Elephant of Ivory Coast in the World Cup Preliminary Rounds following a draw held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Saturday.

The Gambia’s national football team (The Scorpions) is one of the African teams that will be fighting for qualification to the 2014 Fifa World Cup whose preliminary draw featured coach Paul Put’s charges in a tough draw in one of 10 second round groups.

The draw has seen The Gambia, who has never qualified for the world’s most prestigious football competition being placed in the same group with North African giants Morocco and Didier Dogma’s Elephant of Ivory Coast.

The Scorpions, who made their closest appearance in the World Cup finals with a win over Senegal two years ago, will be fighting with Morocco and the winner between Chad and Tanzania as well as one of Africa’s favourites Cote D’ Ivoire, who are seeking a third consecutive World Cup appearance.

The Gambia must start adequate preparations ahead of the preliminary rounds if they are to stand the chance of qualifying at the expense of the Ivorian Elephants.

South Africa got neighbours Botswana, Central African Republic and Somalia or Ethiopia.

The total of 203 teams vying for one of 31 World Cup spots in Brazil surpasses the 200 who participated four years ago

Germany has been the most successful team in the last six World Cup qualifying campaigns, with only two losses in 74 matches

The two-leg first round matches will be staged on 11 and 15 November, and the 10 second round groups kick off on 1 June 2012.

The five third-round ties that will decide who flies to Rio are scheduled for October and November 2013.