Tunisia and Benin sealed promotion on Friday at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Africa Zone Group III event in Tunisia.
After finishing top of the their round-robin Pools, Tunisia and Benin clinched their place in Europe/Africa Zone Group II for 2013 with wins in the play-offs.
Tunisia eased past Ivory Coast 2-0 to return to Group II after a one-year absence, while Benin came from behind to beat Zimbabwe 2-1 and reach Group II for the first time in their history.
Mohamed Aytem Abid got Tunisia off to a flying start with a 62 60 win against Valentin Sanon, before Malek Jaziri, the world No. 78, secured victory by defeating Terence Nugent 61 63. The doubles rubber wasn’t played.
Benin slipped behind in their tie against Zimbabwe when Bejamin Lock overcame Loic Didavi 63 76(5), but Alexis Klegou drew his team level with a 64 61 triumph over Mark Fynn. The deciding doubles rubber went to the same Benin pair of Didavi and Klegou, beating Lock and Tendau Tapfuma 63 61.
The remaining teams played for places as Namibia edged Kenya 2-1 to finish fifth, and Ghana outlasted Algeria 2-1 to finish seventh.