The Ivory Coast and South Africa both earned home triumphs against continental giants on Monday to climb to the top of their respective groups in the African 2022 World Cup Qualifying tournament.
The Ivory Coast defeated Cameroon 2-1 in a Group D match at the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Friday night.
The outcome, which saw Sebastian Haller score a brace for the Elephants and Nicolas Ngamaleu score for the Indomitable Lions, puts the Ivory Coast on top of the rankings with four points to Cameroon’s three.
On Tuesday, Mozambique (one point) and Malawi (zero) will face off in Johannesburg.
Seven games were scheduled for today, but only six were played, with Morocco’s Group I encounter in Conakry being postponed owing to a coup d’etat in Guinea.
Victorien Adebayor (two goals), Mohamed Wonkoye, and Amadou Sabo scored for Niger in a 4-2 away triumph over Group A foes Djibouti in neutral Rabat.
Anas Farah Ali and Warsama Hassan scored for the hosts, while Hassane Amadou was sent off late in the game for the winners.
The other two afternoon kick-offs, on the other hand, were tight, confined affairs: 10-man Uganda (who had Murushid Juuko sent off in the second half) held Group E leaders Mali 0-0 in Entebbe, while Benin and DR Congo drew 1-1 in Cotonou after Dieumerci Mbokani and Jordan Adeoti scored goals.
With four points, the Squirrels are the early table leaders, though Tanzania might overtake them as co-leaders if they beat Madagascar at home tomorrow.
South Africa topped Group G with a 1-0 home win over Ghana in Soweto – with Bongokuhle Hlongwane netting the game’s only goal late on – while Liberia bounced back from their opening loss to Nigeria with a 1-0 win over Central African Republic in Group C.
Kpha Sherman scored in the 86th minute for the Lone Star, who also scored late in the game.
On Tuesday, September 7, the second Matchday of Africa’s WCQ campaign will conclude with ten matches throughout the continent, including matches between Cape Verde and Nigeria, Senegal and Congo, Algeria and Burkina Faso, and former African champions Zambia and Tunisia.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, AFRICA WCQ RESULTS:
The match between Guinea and Morocco has been postponed.
1-1 Benin Congo Democratic Republic
2-4 Djibouti Niger
Uganda drew 0-0. Central African Republic 0-1 Mali Liberia
1-0 for South Africa. Ghana
Cameroon 2-1 Ivory Coast