World Cup 2026

FIFA World Cup 2026 (Q): Sudan surprises the Democratic Republic of Congo as Egypt and Algeria maintain their victories and Nigeria stops winning

African Zone qualification for the 2026 World Cup has concluded with the results of the first five matches played on the second day. Two unexpected results: DR Congo fell to Sudan and Nigeria drew once again. Conversely, Gabon, Algeria, and Egypt maintained their positions.

Group A: Egypt triumphs against Sierra Leone

To counter Sierra Leone, Egypt went all out. With one goal in either half, the Pharaohs prevailed (2-0). In the seventeenth minute of play, Mahmoud Trezeguet scored the game’s first goal. Tyrese Fornah was sent off in the 39th minute after earning two yellow cards in a minute, which made things tough for Sierra Leone. The guests found things simpler as a result. In the 62nd minute, Trezeguet scored again with help from Mohamed Salah.

Egypt leads their group presently, having gained six points. The other two teams, Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso, cannot catch up to them; at the end of Matchday 2, they can finish their second match within two points of one another. They would stay far away from Egypt if the pursuing group didn’t emerge victorious.

Group C: Nigeria has lost the ability to win

Nigeria managed to draw their second straight match against a strong opponent in Zimbabwe, because to their XXL attack—at least on paper.Final tally: 1-1. Following their unexpected draw with Lesotho, the Super Eagles struggled to get going against Zimbabwe. They let up the first goal on home soil in the 26th minute when Walter Musona scored a fantastic free kick from 30 meters out. Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho tied the score in the 67th minute. The score did not change. a fresh draw that jeopardizes Nigerian coach José Peseiro and elevates the possibility of a 2026 World Cup participation.

With one game remaining, the Super Eagles and the Zimbabweans, with two points each, are now in provisional second and third place in Group C. With another victory, South Africa (1st, 3 points) might seize the lead. Tuesday is their trip to Rwanda.

Group B: Sudan defeats DRC with a victory

Sudan won domestically over Congo DR and its array of talents. Charles Pickel’s own goal in the 79th minute proved to be the deciding factor. The DR Congo was unable to regain control of the game. Sudan leads Group B with this win (4 points). Senegal may now have a little advantage over their opponents in their upcoming game thanks to their win. They meet Togo on Tuesday, November 21, in Matchday 2.

Group G: Algeria maintains composure

Mozambique lost against Algeria 2-0. They remain atop Group G (1st, 6 points) after their second straight win, excepting the match against Guinea (2nd, 3 points). Regarding the game’s substance, the first half lacked any excitement. Both teams logically entered the dressing room after a scoreless draw. Algeria may point to the alterations that caused the squad to become disorganized and make up for their poor first half performance. Before the 20th minute, the Fennecs did, in fact, make two changes. Due to an injury, Mohamed Amoura took Islam Slimani’s place in the 17th minute. Mohamed Amine Tougai took Aissa Mandi’s position for the same reason.

But Algeria leveled things in the second half, as Farès Chaibi scored in the 69th minute. Six minutes after entering the game, in the 80th minute, Ramiz Zerrouki increased the advantage, giving Algeria a commanding lead.

Group F: Gabon resumes its course

Gabon continued to lead Group F after winning their second straight game. In Burundi, the Panthères prevailed 2-1. The first goal came from the Gabonese in the 35th minute. With help from Anthony Oyono, Jim Allevinah scored. In the eighty-third minute, Denis Bouanga sealed the victory. Burundi only succeeded in cutting the lead in the 87th minute thanks to Abedi Bigirimana’s late comeback.


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