Asian and Caribbean upsets, tight battles in South America and a first-ever win for American Samoa were among the latest qualifying tales as the race for Brazil 2014 heated up.
Emmanuel Adebayor returned to the Togo side to help them become one of ten teams into the group stage of African qualifying for Brazil 2014, which also included Kenya, who eased by Seychelles.
On the first matchday in the African Zone of Brazil 2014 qualifying, scores favoured the away teams as six out of the ten won on a goal-laden day for travellers.
The long journey for African representatives aiming to reach Brazil 2014 commences this weekend with 22 nations participating in Round One.
"We are not afraid of the big names, specifically Ghana. We know that we are capable of qualifying," Mohamed 'Mazda' Abdallah, Sudan coach.
Quarter-finalists at South Africa 2010, Ghana are aiming to reach a third consecutive FIFA World Cup, but standing in their way will be a pair of dark horses in Sudan and Zambia.