July 5, 2022

WCQ Timeline: Ivory Coast, South Africa, Niger and Liberia triumph in CAF qualifiers

By Brian Aheebwa
Bongokuhle Hlongwane scored Bafana Bafana all important goal against Ghana on September 6th, 2021 / SAFA Image

The 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifier games that were played on Monday, September 6th on the African continent saw the involvement of a number of big guns including Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon.

Niger were the biggest winners of the day, defeating Djibouti 4-2 on the road in Group A despite playing the completion of the game a man less.

Jean-Michel Cavalli’s charges came from a goal down to pick up their first victory of the campaign having lost the opening game against Burkina Faso on Thursday last week.

Djibouti led at halftime through Anas Ali but Niger returned the hungrier side to score four goals in succession.

Victorien Adebayor, Mohamed Wonkoye, Amadou Sabo were all on target for the Menas before Hassane Adamou received his marching orders. Houssein Warsama Said netted the former’s second in stoppage time.

The result meant that Julien Mette’s side has now lost all their two opening games following an 8-0 mauling by African Champions Algeria on matchday one of the campaign.

The remaining fixture to conclude matchday two in Group A will see Burkina Faso host Algeria in Ouagadougou on Tuesday, September 7th.

Algeria’s Desert Foxes still maintain their grip on the group summit on three points, level with the Stallions of Burkina Faso (second) and Niger (third) but the former has a better goal difference. Djibouti sits at the base lacking a single point.

Group C

When African giants Ivory Coast and Cameroon faced off in Group D, the Elephants of Yamoussoukro emerged as 2-1 victors thanks to Ajax FC forward Sebastien Haller’s halftime brace.

The Indomitable Lions of Youndé had their consolation goal scored by Moumi Ngamaleu. The other two group members Malawi and Mozambique will lock horns on Tuesday September 7th.

Ivory Coast have managed to collect four points and currently lead proceedings in Group D after just two encounters, Cameroon remain on three points while both Mozambique and Malawi have single a point and occupy the third and fourth positions respectively but with a game in hand.

Group G

South Africa picked up a rare win over Ghana in Group G in Johannesburg courtesy of Maritzburg United forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane’s lone goal that was scored in 83rd minute.

A win took the Bafana Bafana top of the standings on four points, the Blacks surprisingly find themselves on three while the yet to play Zimbabwe and Ethiopia are on one and zero points respectively.

Zimbabwe and Ethiopia will be in action this Tuesday in Addis Ababa.

Group B

Liberia found themselves victorious against the Central African Republic courtesy of Kpah Sherman’s lone goal.

The win was Liberia’s first of the campaign and are now level on three points with first-placed Nigeria who play Cape Verde in their second game. The latter is tied on a single point with CAR.

Others

There were also two draws on the day when Uganda and Mali shared spoils in a barren affair of a Group E fixture while Benin and DR Congo drew one-all in Group J. Jordan Adeoti scored for Benin as Dieumerci Mbokani was on target for DRC.

Tanzania will host Madagascar in the remaining game of round two in Group J. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) suspended Guinea versus Morocco game in Group I, following a Coup d’etat in Guinea which witnessed the ousting of president Alpha Conde on Sunday evening.

Tuesday fixtures

Group A

Burkina Faso vs Algeria

Group B

Equatorial Guinea vs Mauritania

Zambia vs Tunisia

Group C

Cape Verde vs Nigeria

Group D

Malawi vs Mozambique

Group F

Angola vs Libya

Group G

Ethiopia vs Zimbabwe

Group H

Congo vs Senegal

Group I

Sudan vs Guinea-Bissau

Group J

Tanzania vs Madagascar

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