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BERLIN---Ottmar Walter, a member
along with his brother Fritz of the
West Germany squad that won the
1954 World Cup, has died. He was 89.
The German Football Association
said Walter died in a care home early
"Ottmar Walter was one of the play-
ers who made the Miracle of Bern pos-
sible," association president Wolfgang
Niersbach said in a statement, referring
to the 1954 World Cup final in the Swiss
capital when Hungary led 2-0 before
West Germany recovered to win 3-2.
In all, the striker made 20 appear-
ances for the national side and scored
Walter spent most of his professional
career playing for FC Kaiserslautern,
where he scored 336 goals in 321 matches.
Together with his brother Fritz, who died
in 2002, Walter won the German league
with Kaiserslautern in 1951 and 53.
"With Ottmar s death we lose
another piece of our history," said Ste-
fan Kuntz, the club s chairman. "We
will remember an outstanding sports-
man and human being."
Germany also lost Heinz Flohe, a
member of West Germany s 1974
World Cup-winning squad. He was
65.The German Football Association
said yesterday that Flohe died in his
home city of Euskirchen late Saturday.
He had been in a coma for more than
three years following a collapse.
The former FC Cologne midfielder
played 39 games for West Germany,
scoring eight goals.
Germany won the 1974 World Cup
at home, beating the Netherlands 2-
1 in the final.
Flohe also captained Cologne when
it won the league and German cup
titles in 1978.
Ivory Coast, Egypt and
Ethiopia became the
first three teams to qual-
ify for the final round of
playoffs in World Cup
qualifying in Africa yes-
terday, with the Ethiopi-
ans now a two-legged
tie away from their first
appearance ever at foot-
ball s top tournament.
Bernard Parker s own
goal in the 70th minute
delivered a come-from-
behind 2-1 win for
Ethiopia over South
Africa in a stadium
packed with roaring sup-
porters in Addis Ababa.
Thousands of fans also
crowded outside the
walls of the National Sta-
dium in the capital within
minutes of full time,
waving flags and hailing
Ethiopia s resurgence
after it played at this
year s African Cup for the
first time in 30 years.
Parker misdirected a
header and it rocketed
into the top right corner
of his own net to send
25,000 Ethiopian fans
wild, sealing their place
at the top of Group A
with a game against Cen-
tral African Republic to
spare. Ethiopia coach
Sewnet Bishaw called the
victory a "turning point"
for Ethiopian football
after years of problems.
"It was a free goal they
gave us, but anyway it
was a nice match. We
concluded we had to fin-
ish the game here so we
go to Central Africa for
SYDNEY---Iraq captain and leading
goal scorer Younis Mahmoud and
midfielder Nashat Akram, a veteran
of more than 110 games for his coun-
try, have announced their immediate
retirements just days ahead of the
team s Asian confederation World Cup
qualifier against Australia.
A posting on the Football Federation
Australia website yesterday said that
Mahmoud, who has scored 47 goals
in 116 games, and Akram, retired ahead
of the team s departure for Sydney.
Iraq was eliminated from qualifying
for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when
it lost 1-0 to Japan last week.
Australia can qualify for its third
World Cup in succession if it beats
Iraq on Tuesday and finishes second
in its group behind Japan, which was
the first team to qualify for the World
FFA said in a statement yesterday
that all tickets had been sold for the
match in the 80,000-seat former
Olympic stadium in western Sydney.
a visit, a picnic."
South Africa had led
through Parker s left-
footed volley in the 33rd
minute. Getaneh Kebede
equalized in the 42nd and
Parker s own goal put
Ethiopia through as one
of the 10 countries that
will play off for Africa s
five places at the World
Cup. The defeat ended
South Africa s chances of
following its hosting in
2010 with an appearance
at Brazil s World Cup
"I think I need to con-
gratulate Ethiopia. It was
a tough game and the
crowd was magnificent,"
South Africa coach Gor-
don Igesund said. "We
couldn t have done more
than we ve done. There s
got to be a winner and it
was them today."
Ivory Coast won 4-2
in Tanzania after being
1-0 and 2-1 down, helped
by a double from Man-
chester City s Yaya Toure.
Five goals came in the
first half before Africa s
top-ranked team pre-
vailed and took the play-
off place as Group C
winner, making Moroc-
co s 2-0 win over Gambia
on Saturday irrelevant.
Egypt under former
U.S. coach Bob Bradley
is also headed for the
playoffs and has a chance
at a first World Cup
appearance since 1990
after it won 1-0 in
Mozambique to dominate
Group G with a perfect
five wins from five so far.
Mohamed Salah scored
the 40th-minute winner
in Maputo, adding to the
hat trick he got in Egypt s
win over Zimbabwe in
the last round.
Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia
through to last round
Germany's World Cup
star Ottmar Walter dies
Key Iraq players retire
ahead of Australia match
The Egyptian soccer team poses for a photo minutes before the World Cup Qualifier match against Zimbabwe
at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, yesterday. AP PHOTO
WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
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