Somalia, Ethiopia draw 0-0 in World Cup qualifier

Somalia drew 0-0 with 10-man Ethiopia in their World Cup

qualifier in neutral Djibouti on Saturday as the last two of

Africa’s 22 lowest-ranked teams began their quest to qualify for

football’s 2014 showpiece in Brazil.

Ranked way down at No. 192 of 208 international teams, Somalia

couldn’t make a man advantage tell at the end after a red card for

Ethiopia on 60 minutes.

Although Ethiopia is now favorite in the first-round contest

with its home leg to come, the lowly Somali team needs just a

scoring draw in Addis Ababa next week to progress to the main

African qualifying competition and take its place alongside the

continent’s big-name teams.

The East African countries met in Djibouti because of the

security situation in the troubled Somali capital Mogadishu.