Ethiopia have eyes on place in World Cup 2014

The African nation are close to a place in the tournament in Brazil

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Ethiopia, aiming to make their World Cup finals debut in 2014, were joined by Ivory Coast and Egypt in becoming the first teams to progress to the final round of play-offs in African qualifying.

Ivory Coast won 4-2 in Tanzania yesterday to wrap up Group C. Egypt, under former United States coach Bob Bradley, clinched the play-off place in Group G with a 1-0 win in Mozambique.

Ethiopia are now just a play-off away from making history after Bernard Parker's own goal in Addis Ababa let the Ethiopians defeat South Africa 2-1, ending the 2010 World Cup hosts' chances of making it to Brazil next year.

South Africa had led the match but Parker's 70th-minute header into his own net gave Ethiopia a memorable victory.