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No coasting for Didier

Didier Zokora's Ivory Coast are not having it all their own way in the preliminary stages of African qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Didier Zokora's Ivory Coast are not having it all their own way in the preliminary stages of African qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

They followed up a surprise draw against Madagascar last time out by being held again on Saturday, this time by Botswana, the current leaders of African qualifying Group Seven.

Didier played the full 90 minutes in Gaborone and his side had to come from behind after Diphetogo Selowane put Botswana 1-0 up in the first half. Kanga Akale levelled for the Ivory Coast after 64 minutes.

Botswana top the four-team table on goal difference from the Ivory Coast but this draw means Madagascar can pull themselves level on points by beating Mozambique on Sunday.

There are 12 groups of four in this round of African qualifying - the group winners and eight best runners-up will advance to round three.

Young-Pyo Lee did not feature as South Korea beat Turkmenistan 3-1 in Ashgabat to progress to the next round of Asian qualifying.

Gilberto is our third player on World Cup qualifying duty this weekend.

The full-back has played in Brazil's last two friendlies against Canada and Venezuela and now faces two huge qualifiers against Paraguay and old rivals Argentina. Paraguay top the South American qualifying table at the moment with Brazil unbeaten after four games, winning two and drawing two.

Brazil travel to Asunction to face Paraguay first on Sunday with the clash against Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.




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