EthiopiaÃ‚Â won 2-1 inÃ‚Â BotswanaÃ‚Â Saturday to stay two points ahead of fanciedÃ‚Â South AfricaÃ‚Â in a thrilling Group A race for FIFA World CupÃ¢â€žÂ¢ survival. A couple of first-half goals for leading scorers Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Ahmed put bottom seedsÃ‚Â EthiopiaÃ‚Â in control before Tebogo Sembowa pulled one back in Lobatse.
South AfricaÃ‚Â triumphed 3-0 overÃ‚Â Central African RepublicÃ‚Â in a clash of injury depleted sides in Yaounde, with the match moved to Cameroon because Bangui was considered unsafe. Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala scored during the opening half on an artificial surface and leading South African 2012/13 league scorer Katlego Mashego added a third during stoppage time.
ButÃ‚Â Bafana BafanaÃ‚Â celebrations of a rare competitive win on the road were diluted by the Ethiopian result, and the sides meet on 16 June in a potential group decider in Addis Ababa.Ã‚Â EthiopiaÃ‚Â have ten points andÃ‚Â South AfricaÃ‚Â eight with two rounds left, and a win for the home side next weekend would give them an unassailable advantage over the three-time FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The ten African group winners will be paired off for the final stage during October and November with the winners of the five home-and-away ties qualifying for Brazil 2014. WhileÃ‚Â South AfricaÃ‚Â are finding the going tough in a group they were expected to dominate, fellow top seedsÃ‚Â Tunisia,Ã‚Â Ivory Coast,SenegalÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â CongoÃ‚Â Brazzaville moved closer to topping other pools. Read more