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Burkina Faso

Algeria say 12 die in celebrations

ALGIERS, Algeria -- Algerian authorities say 12 people have died and 240 were injured during celebrations for Algeria's 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country's team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A government statement on Wednesday said that five celebrating fans were killed when a van slid off the road into a ravine in the mountain town of Bejaia, east of Algiers, while four others died in the southern city of Biskra in a car accident.

The remaining three died in...

Chelsea's Bertrand Traore tipped for top

Chelsea midfielder Bertrand Traore has a bright future ahead of him for club and country, according to Burkina Faso boss Paul Put.

• Lomas: Put's shot at redemption
• Oscar almost joined Real Madrid
• Worrall: Time for Blues to sign Falcao?

Traore, 18, was officially signed by the Blues earlier this month after impressing during a series of trials.

The former Auxerre youth product has already featured 10 times for his national team and Put feels Traore has all the qualities needed...

Alain Traore unlikely to make Burkina XI

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put has told ESPN he is "unlikely" to hand returning striker Alain Traore a start in the World Cup playoff second-leg against Algeria, but hinted there could be a place for Moumouni Dagano in his XI.

• Lomas: Put's shot at redemption

Traore, 25, has endured an injury-plagued year since coming off in the African Nations Cup semi-final victory over Ghana in February.

He has featured just three times for club side Lorient this season but was selected in...

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Ivory Coast cruise, Algeria lose

Ivory Coast took a healthy advantage into the next game with Senegal after winning the first leg of their African World Cup playoff on Saturday 3-1.

Didier Drogba led from the front and scored within five minutes from the spot.
Didier Drogba led from the front and scored within five minutes from the spot.

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba opened the scoring in the fifth minute by neatly converting a penalty after a trip on Gervinho, and the hosts were two up on 12 minutes when Bordeaux defender Ludovic Sane inadvertently directed the ball past his own goalkeeper from Gervinho's cross.

Roma forward Gervinho was again the...

Ivory Coast face Senegal playoff

Ivory Coast and Senegal have been drawn together in the African zone World Cup qualifying playoffs. Sabri Lamouchi's Ivory Coast, ranked as the top African nation by FIFA by some distance, will host the first leg but the return will be held at a neutral venue. Senegal are banned from hosting games throughout World Cup qualifying after fans rioted during an African Nations Cup game, coincidentally against the Ivorians in October 2012. Tunisia, reinstated into the World Cup after Cape Verde Islands...