Forfeits hand teams lifelines

[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING: Africa] Group play wraps up in Africa, where just three of the 10 groups have been decided. Bob Bradley's Egypt, Algeria and Ivory Coast are through to the final round.

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A spate of forfeits for the use of ineligible or suspended players has changed the complexion of several groups.

South Africa, the 2010 World Cup host, would be out of the running but for Ethiopia having to forfeit its win over Botswana for using a player who was suspended for yellow-card accumulation. The Bafana Bafana will still need to help to advance. They need to beat Botswana Saturday and hope Ethiopia doesn't defeat last-place Central African Republic to move past Ethiopia in the standings.

Cameroon's forfeit win over means it only needs to tie -- not beat -- Libya at home to secure a place in the playoffs. Libya will win the group with a victory Sunday in Yaounde.

Two Cape Verde Islands losses were turned into victories when Equatorial Guinea -- for many years suspected of using ineligible players -- was busted for using Emilio Nsue, who won U-19 and U-21 titles with Spain. The extra six points moved Cape Verde Islands to within two points of group leader Tunisia and it will advance with a win over the Carthage Eagles in Rades on Saturday.
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