AFCON 2017 Qualifiers Round-Up
It has been an entertaining weekend of AFCON 2017 qualifiers as South Sudan gained their first competitive victory since joining international football in 2012.
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Atak Lual scored the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute in Juba the to give his side an historic win against Equatorial Guinea. The result lifts South Sudan up to second in the table in Group C, with Benin and Mail playing on Sunday.
Liberia pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Tunisia in Monrovia, as the country hosted its first international football match since the lifting of an Ebola ban. Francis Forkey Doe scored the goal 11 minutes from time in difficult conditions to give Liberia their first points in Group A. Togo lead the group after their victory in Djibouti on Friday.
South Africa have a big battle on their hands if they are to qualify for AFCON 2017, after a 3-1 defeat away to Mauritania. They went behind after just six minutes through an Aly Abeid goal before Siyabonga Zulu received his matching orders. Thamsanqa Gabuza replied for South Africa, but the hosts came back through Boubacar Beyguili and Moulaye Ahmed to seal a famous win.
Uganda edged to victory away to Comoros in Group D thanks to Tonny Mawejje who scored the goal to lift the Cranes top of the table on a maximum six points from two games. Uganda almost missed the tie because of financial difficulties but Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni provided $210,000 to cover the team’s travel costs.
In the group’s other tie, Botswana beat Burkina Faso 1-0 through a Joel Mogorilosi goal five minutes after the break.
Congo Brazzaville went top of Group E after a 4-2 victory away to Guinea Bissau with Ferebory Dore grabbing all four goals for the visitors.
Seychelles took their first point in Group J after a 1-1 draw with visitors Ethiopia. Nelson Laurence slotted home a 24th minute penalty to give the hosts a surprise lead which lasted half an hour. A strike by Tesfaye Seyoum restored parity and put Ethiopia top of the table from Algeria who travel to Lesotho on Sunday.
Burundi hoisted themselves from the bottom of Group K with a 2-0 win over visiting Niger. Fiston Abdul Razak grabbled the opener on 24 minutes and Papy Faty sealed the win with seven minutes of the tie remaining.
The result allowed Senegal top pull three points clear at the summit as they earned a 2-0 away win at Namibia. English Premier League stars Cheikhou Kouyate, of West Ham, and Southampton’s Sadio Mane got the goals.
Three-time African champions Nigeria were fortunate to earn a point away to Tanzania in Group G, just about keeping their opponents out in a 0-0 draw. Stand-in goalkeeper Carl Ikeme of English side Wolves, in for the bereaved Victor Enyeama, was the outstanding player of the match.
Wakaso Mubarak scored an 85th-minute free-kick to give Ghana a 1-0 victory over Rwanda in Group H. The Black Stars were without striker Asamoah Gyan because of a knee injury but managed to ensure they have maximum points from their first two games.
Morocco maintained their winning start to Group F, with a 3-0 victory away to Sao Tome with goals from Nordin Amrabat, Youssef El Arabi and Nabil Dirar.
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