All of Africa’s top giants that were in action on Friday October 8, including; Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Egypt managed to register victories in the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.
Djamel Belmadi’s Algerian side were the biggest winners on the evening thanks to a 6-1 demolition of Niger in Algiers.
Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez and Lyon striker Islam Slimani both scored doubles for The Desert Foxes. One of the former’s goals was a penalty.
Galatasaray’s Sofiane Feghouli was also on target for Algeria while the other goal came as an own goal from Zakaryia Souleymane. Niger’s lone goal was scored by Daniel Sosah.
In the other group game, Burkina Faso humbled Djibouti 4-0 on road thanks to goals from Abdoul Tapsoba-who scored a double while Issa Kabore and Mohamed Konate got the other two.
The standings after matchday three are such that Algeria and the Stallions of Burkina Faso are level on seven points but it is the former who top the group with a superior goal difference.
Niger are positioned third on three points while Djibouti, who are yet to earn a point, are rock bottom.
Matchday four will see Burkina Faso host Djibouti on Monday, October 11 while Algeria will be away to Niger the following day.
Cote D’Ivoire managed to pick up an uncontested 3-0 victory at the expense of Malawi with goals coming from Max-Alain Gradel, Ibrahim Sangare and Jeremie Boga.
Five-time Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon were at home and subjected 10-man Mozambique to a 3-1 loss in the other group game played on the same evening.
Bayern Munich forward Maxim Choupo-Moting bagged a brace before Lyon’s Toko Ekambi made it three in favour of the Indomitable Lions.
Geny Catamo pulled one back for the visitors in the 80th minute before Danilo Muzzle’s sending off in the 88th.
The results imply that it is Cote D’Ivoire who lead proceedings in the group with seven points, followed by Cameroon on six, while Malawi and Mozambique have three points and one respectively.
Mozambique will play host to Cameroon on Monday while Ivory Coast will entertain Malawi in Abidjan on the same day.
Egypt edged Libya in the North African derby with a 1-0 scoreline courtesy of Omar Marmoush’s lone goal while Angola defeated Gabon 3-1.
Ambrosini Antonio, Ary Papel and Jonathan Bautu scored for the Giant Sable Antelopes of Angola during their home victory while Axel Meye netted Gabon’s lone goal.
The Pharaohs of Egypt have managed to gather seven points from three games and lead the group, Libya sit second on six, Angola third with three while Gabon plummet to bottom with just a single point.
Fixtures on Monday shall witness Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon play at home against Angola while Mohammad Salah’s Egypt will be in Libya for the return leg.
Winners of the respective ten groups will take part in a two-legged playoff to see which five countries will represent Africa in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Ethiopia vs South Africa
Ghana vs Zimbabwe
Togo vs Congo
Senegal vs Namibia
Guinea vs Sudan
Guinea Bissau vs Morocco