world : Senegal & DR Congo pick up World Cup qualifying wins

world : Senegal & DR Congo pick up World Cup qualifying wins
world : Senegal & DR Congo pick up World Cup qualifying wins

Wednesday 12 June 2024 11:47 PM

Nafeza 2 world - All nine group winners at the end of the 10-match campaign are guaranteed a place at the 2026 finals, while another African side could book a spot in the United States, Mexico and Canada via an intercontinental tournament.

The fourth round of qualifiers continues on Monday and Tuesday, after which the African preliminaries will pause until March 2025.

Qualifiers for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations are scheduled to be played in September, October and November, although the dates for both the group draw and the finals themselves in Morocco are yet to be announced by the Confederation of African Football.

Senegal had been held to a 1-1 draw at home by DR Congo on Thursday, a result which had left Sudan two points clear at the top of Group B.

The Teranga Lions were without Sadio Mane and Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson through injury but extended their unbeaten start following a fiercely contested West African derby against Mauritania played in hot conditions.

Mauritania’s Aboubakary Koita hit the crossbar with an early free-kick and Edouard Mendy tipped a fierce shot from the forward over the bar in first-half injury time as the hosts sought an equaliser.

Abdallahi Mahmoud wasted a glorious chance to equalise on the hour mark after Mendy had again denied Koita.

In Kinshasa, the only goal came in the sixth minute when DR Congo forward Wissa was freed down the left and then sent in a cross with the outside of his right boot which Elia volleyed in from a narrow angle at the back post.

Togo were mostly limited to long-range efforts in reply, with Karim Dermane going close.

Sudan could move back to the summit if they win in South Sudan on Tuesday.

In Group H, Namibia were unable to make their first-half chances count during their home game against Tunisia in neutral Johannesburg,

However, the North Africans could count themselves somewhat fortunate when Charles Hambira’s 14th-minute effort was ruled out after Erastus Kalula was adjudged to have fouled goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said.

The draw takes Namibia on to eight points in Group H, two behind Tunisia, while Liberia are a point further back after Sheikh Sesay’s last-minute winner gave the Lone Stars a 1-0 away win against Sao Tome e Principe in neutral Oudja, Morocco.

However, the picture is complicated by Fifa’s ruling that Emilio Nsue was ineligible to play for Equatorial Guinea in their first two qualifiers - which turned their 1-0 wins over Namibia and Liberia into 3-0 defeats.

The Central Africans could yet appeal the sanction.

Elsewhere, Djibouti picked up their first point in Group A with a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia, who remain fifth in a table topped by Egypt.

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