Matchday four of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification fixtures on the African continent played on Sunday October 10, did provoke missed feelings around the football fans.
While Uganda and Mali defeated Rwanda and Kenya respectively to maintain their positions of first and second in Group E, Tanzania and Madagascar presented the day’s shocking results as they beat both Benin and DR Congo respectively.
Against all odds, the Taifa Stars of Tanzania went to Benin and picked up an important 1-0 victory over their hosts who had earlier defeated them with the same scoreline in the first leg played the previous week.
Simon Msuva scored the only goal of the game which ensured that Tanzania climaxed their four qualifier games top of the group with seven points.
They however remain tied with Benin on points, goal difference and head to head but consolidate first position by virtue of having scored more goals than anyone else in the group. Five to be precise which is better than Benin’s three.
In the same group Madagascar registered their first win of the campaign when they edged DR Congo at home courtesy of Martin Njiva Rakotoharimalala’s lone strike.
The results on matchday four ensured that Congo dropped from second to third on five points while Madagascar agonizingly continue at the base with three points.
Tunisia’s barren stalemate with Mauritania was a shocking result given that it was the first point for the latter in four games.
Zambia and Equatorial Guinea could also not be separated in the other group game following a one-all draw. Fashion Sakala scored for the hosts before Federico Bikoro levelled matters for the visitors.
The Eagles of Carthage from Tunisia are yet to taste defeat and are at the helm of the summit on 10 points after four games. Equatorial Guinea are on four in second, Zambia are third with four while Mauritania are rock bottom with a single point.
Nigeria avenged their shocking 1-0 home loss to the Central African Republic the previous week with a 2-0 victory away from home. Goals from Rangers’ Leon Balogun and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen were enough to do the magic.
On the other hand Cape Verde completed a double over Liberia thanks to a 1-0 win through Ryan Mendes away in Monrovia.
Gernot Rohr’s Nigeria side lead proceedings in the group after with nine points, Cape Verde follows in second with seven points, CAR and Liberia are with four and three in third and fourth place respectively.
Uganda edged Rwanda 1-0 and so did Mali against Kenya. Fahad Bayo netted for the Cranes whereas Ibrahima Kone was on target for the Les Aigles of Mali.
The result meant that Mali went to 10 points and top of the group, Uganda occupy second place with eight points while Kenya and Rwanda are on two and a single point in third and fourth positions respectively.
Only the winners of the respective ten groups 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.
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Mozambique vs Cameroon
Ivory Coast vs Malawi
Gabon vs Angola
Libya vs Egypt