July 5, 2022

FIFA 2022 WCQ Timeline: Senegal and Morocco maintain 100% record as Ghana and South Africa earn wins

By Brian Aheebwa

Africa’s number one ranked footballing nation Senegal along with the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations champions Morocco continued their impressive start to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers while South Africa and Ghana also earned smiles.

The two (Senegal and Morocco) registered their third consecutive wins of the campaign by defeating Namibia and Guinea Bissau respectively to make their path to the final five more realistic.

Group H

The Senegalese Lions of Teranga beat Namibia 4-1 courtesy goals from of PSG’s Idrissa Gana Gueye, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Cagliari’s Keita Balde and Famara Diedhiou while Joslin Kamatuka scored the lone goal for Bobby Samaria’s Namibia side.

Togo against Congo was the other game played in the group which ended in a one-all draw. An own goal from Jacques-Alaixys Romao gave the visitors the lead before Euloge Placca Fessou equalized for the hosts.

With maximum points from three games, Aliou Cisse’s Senegal are top of the group, Namibia find themselves second with four points while Congo and Togo occupy third and fourth on two and a single point respectively.

On Tuesday, October 12, Namibia will host Senegal while Togo will visit Congo for matchday four’s return legs.

Group I

In a gesture to complete a double against Guinea Bissau, the Atlas Lions of Morocco comfortably dispatched the opposition 3-0 to amass an aggregate 8-0 victory over Baciro Cande’s side in two legs. Morocco won 5-0 in the first leg earlier this week.

Ayoub El Kaabi scored a brace alongside Aymen Barkok’s strike to complete the 3-0 victory and ensure that the visitors continued top of the group with nine points while Guinea Bissau follow in second position on four points.

The other group game was a repeat of events in the first leg when Guinea Conakry and Sudan played out to a one-all draw. The goals increased this time round to account for a two-all draw.

Jose Kante and Mohamed Bayo scored for the home team while Ahmed Hamed Mahmoud and Amir Kamal Suliman were on target for the visiting team.

Guinea Conakry are third with three points despite having played three games after matchday four while North African side Sudan are bottom on two points.

It should be remembered that after the postponement of the game between Guinea Conakry and Morocco on matchday two-courtesy of the coup d’etat that witnessed the ousting of president Alpha Condé in Guinea, the two teams found themselves playing a game less than the competition.

Group G

Ghana and South Africa were both 3-1 victors over Zimbabwe and Ethiopia respectively in the group.

The Black Stars of Ghana scored through Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, captain Andre Ayew and Muhammed Kudus while Zimbabwe’s goal was netted by Knowledge Musona from a penalty kick.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Mothobi Mvala, Baroka FC’s Evidence Makgopa and an own goal from Fesil Gebremicheal ensured that The Bafana Bafana of South Africa enjoyed their trip to the East against Ethiopia. Getaneh Kebede was on target for the hosts.

Hugo Broos’s side lead proceedings in the group with seven points, Ghana come second with six, Ethiopia third on three while Zimbabwe are condemned to rock bottom with a single point.

The double-header meetings in this group will climax on Tuesday, October 12, when South Africa host Ethiopia and Ghana visits Zimbabwe.

Teams that will lead their respective ten groups at the time of conclusion to the qualifiers will take part in a two-legged playoff that is geared towards bringing five countries to represent Africa in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Sunday fixtures

Group B

Zambia vs Equatorial Guinea

Mauritania vs Tunisia

Group C

Central African Republic vs Nigeria

Cape Verde vs Liberia

Group E

Uganda vs Rwanda

Kenya vs Mali

Group J

Benin vs Tanzania

Madagascar vs DR Congo

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