All five national team powerhouses on the African continent, who were in action in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Monday, October 11 emerged victorious.
These were Egypt, Côte D’Ivoire, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Gabon as they strived to stamp their authority on the race to represent Africa at the World’s biggest football showpiece slated for later next year.
Burkina Faso, who were 4-0 winners over Djibouti on Friday, completed a double against the Shoremen of the Red Sea when they scored uncontested two goals through Issoufou Dayo and Abdoul Tapsoba. The game ended 2-0.
A win for the Stallions took them ahead in the group with ten points while the result proved to be the end of the road for Djibouti who are still winless and sit at the base of the table.
A victory for Algeria against Niger on Tuesday will see them ascend to the helm of the group at the expense of Burkina Faso, both will be level on points but the former has a better goal difference.
No results can better Niger’s third place position with only three points.
This is the group of focus since either Cote D’Ivoire or Cameroon will qualify to the next qualification round, both continue doing well and could take it to the wire when they meet to determine who goes through.
Côte D’Ivoire beat Malawi 2-1 to finish off what they had started the previous week when they defeated the latter 3-0 away from home.
Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie-who scored from a penalty were on target for the Elephants while Khuda Muyaba scored the visitors’ lone goal.
In similar fashion, Cameroon-who had also carried a huge 3-1 first leg home victory into the return leg, completed a double over their hosts Mozambique with a dismal 1-0 scoreline courtesy of Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui.
With matchday four complete, Patrice Beaumelle’s side find themselves at the summit with 10 points followed by Cameroon on nine. Malawi are with three in third while Mozambique are at the bottom with a single point.
Egypt improved their narrow 1-0 home victory from the first leg with a commanding 3-0 win over the same opponent, Libya this time round thanks to goals from Ahmed Fattoh, Mostafa Mohamed and Ramadan Sohbi.
In the other group game, it was revenge for Gabon in Libreville over Angola who had earlier subjected them to a 3-1 first leg defeat in Luanda.
Goals from Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Moussounda were sufficient enough to guarantee a 2-0 victory.
The Pharaoh of Egypt continue their reign at the helm of the group with 10 points, Libya follow in second with six, Gabon are third on four while the Giant Sable Antelopes of Angola are rock bottom with only three points after four games.
When it is all said and done, the leading teams in the ten respective groups after will tussle it out in a two-legged playoff aimed at five nations that will play in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup on Africa’s behalf.
Niger vs Algeria
Zimbabwe vs Ghana
South Africa vs Ethiopia
Namibia vs Senegal
Congo vs Togo