Comprehensive review of the African Cup of Nations qualifying series
In the African Cup of Nations qualifying series, a couple of interesting results were evident for us to see.
While some teams have booked their places in the next year’s AFCON showpiece slated in Ivory Coast.
And with the likes of Senegal, Malawi and Namibia in action on the continent, plenty of twists and fairy tales were expected on the pitch as the case may be.
Here, Isagoal.com reveals how it happened finally on the African continent.
In Group B
Eswatini 0-1 Cape Verde
Cape Verde Islands claimed a vital away win at Eswatini as both sides competed for the entire 90 minutes.
However, it was Cape Verde’s Ryan Mendes that grabbed the only goal of the game. He scored in the 56th minute to earn his side a 0-1 win.
While Eswatini’s Sabelo Ndzinisa missed from the Penalty-spot in the 56th minute.
Elsewhere in Group B
Togo 1-1 Burkina Faso
West African side Togo welcomed Burkina Faso in this Group B contest.
But it was the visitors that took the lead through Dango Ouattara in the 12th minute.
Though Togo equalized in the 26th-minute courtesy of a goal from Kodjo Laba.
In Group C
Namibia 2-1 Cameroon
Namibia pulled off another shocking result against Cameroon as they beat the visitors 2-1 in Namibia.
Peter Shalulile scored in the 55th minute to open the scoring via a rebound inside the Cameroon penalty area.
While Absalom Limbondi’s superb free-kick made it 2-0 in the 79th minute for the host. But Vincent Aboubakar grabbed a late goal to ensure a frenetic end to the contest.
In Group D
Malawi 0-4 Egypt
Egypt mauled Malawi at home as the Flames couldn’t match the firepower Egypt had in the game.
Tarek Hamed opened the scoring in the 4th minute and the goals continued to flow in as Omar Marmoush scored in the 12th minute to double his sides’ advantage (0-2).
But Egypt wasn’t done with their goal-scoring ambitions against the Flames of Malawi.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah combined with his teammate to finish in aplomb Egypt’s third goal in just 20th minutes of the match played.
Zico made it 0-4 as he netted four minutes after the restart.
In Group F
Tanzania 0-1 Uganda
Uganda secured a revenge mission like Nigeria did against Guinea-Bissau when they beat Tanzania 0-1 away from home.
After losing 0-1 to Tanzania last week.
With vengeance attained, it’s worth noting that the decisive goal came in the dying (90+1) minutes courtesy of a precise finish by Rogers Mato.
In Group G
Gambia 1-0 Mali
Gambia claimed a vital 1-0 win at home against West African foe Mali after losing the reverse fixture 2-0 to the Malian side.
Omar Colley’s 79th-minute goal was enough to separate both sides as Gambia bagged the three points they desired in the 90-minute contest.
In Group H
Comoros Islands 0-2 Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast secured a massive away win over their Comoros counterpart as they edged them 0-2 on the road.
The visiting Ivorian side took the lead in the 37th minute thanks to a goal from Dutch-based Ibrahim Sangare.
While Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie doubled his side’s advantage in the 58th minute. It ended 2-0 in favour of the visiting Ivory Coast side.In Group I
Mauritania 1-1 DR Congo
DR Congo star forward Cedric Bakambu broke the deadlock in the 9th minute to give his side a 0-1 lead away from home.
However, the home side equalized in the 57th minute thanks to an impressive finish from Mohamed Soueid for Mauritania.In Group J
Botswana 2-3 Equatorial Guinea
Botswana lost 2-3 at home to Equatorial Guinea as Emile Nsue Lopez opened the scoring for the visitors (Equatorial Guinea) in the 13th minute.
But Botswana replied in the 38th minute with an equalizer from Mbatshi Elias to make it 1-1. Equatorial Guinea took the lead in the 40th minute via a goal by Lebogang Ditsele to make it 1-2.
It soon became 1-3 as Iban Salvador scored in the 51st minute to give his side a two-goal cushion.
Kabelo Seakanyeng made the most of his scoring chances to reduce the deficit 2-3 from the penalty spot as he scored in the 66th minute of that encounter. Elsewhere in Group J
Libya 0-1 Tunisia
North African sides Libya and Tunisia faced up in this Group J fixture. But it was the latter that made the most of the contest.Tunisia took the lead in the 16th minute of the match courtesy of a goal from Haythem Jouini.
It proved to be the winner as it sealed a 0-1 away win for the visiting Tunisia side.
In Group K
Liberia 1-2 South Africa
Bafana Bafana of South Africa was determined to make the amends in this match after throwing away a 2-0 lead in the first leg tie against Liberia.
And they wasted no time in getting down to business as they opened the scoring in the 19th minute thanks to a goal from Zakhele Lepasa.
But Liberia stunned them with an equalizer as William Jebor struck to get his side back on level terms in the 35th minute.
However, South Africa Mihlali Samson Mabhuti Mayambela restored his side’s lead with a goal that proved to be the match-winner in the 53rd minute.
In Group LMozambique 0-1 Senegal
African Champions Senegal needed a win to seal their AFCON places for next year’s showpiece.
And they got their wish from the run of play as star player Sadio Mane brilliantly set up Boulaye Dia for the opening goal of the match.
After a series of goal-scoring attempts in the entire game from both sides, the Teranga Lions had to settle for a 0-1 away win over the Southern African side.
That was enough to seal Senegal’s place in the African Cup of Nations slated in Ivory Coast next year.
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