Wins for Cameroon and Ivory Coast on Monday depart them as the one two left within the race for the lone World Cup play-off place from Group D of African qualifying.
Cameroon shrugged off a delayed arrival in Morocco to beat Mozambique 1-0 with centre-back Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui heading dwelling the winner within the 68th minute because the keeper’s tried punch clear fell to him.
Logistical points had triggered delays leaving Douala, which meant the Cameroon squad solely landed in Tangier lower than 12 hours earlier than kick-off.
Nevertheless it was Ivory Coast who retained prime place within the group with a 2-1 win over Malawi in Cotonou, Benin.
The Elephants opened the scoring after simply two minutes by means of Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, with South Africa-based Khuda Muyaba equalising 18 minutes later for the Flames.
AC Milan’s Franck Kessie secured the three factors for Ivory Coast when he scored from the penalty spot within the 66th minute.
The defeats for Mozambique and Malawi imply neither facet can qualify for the World Cup.
Ivory Coast prime the group on 10 factors only one forward of the Indomitable Lions going into the ultimate two qualifiers in November, with the ultimate tie a possible winner takes all between the 2 in Cameroon.
Solely the group winners will attain subsequent March’s play-offs, the place Africa’s 5 representatives in Qatar shall be determined.
Mozambique and Ivory Coast are amongst 11 international locations who’ve been ordered by the Caf to play dwelling video games on impartial soil as a result of native stadia have been deemed unfit to be used.
Pharaohs to the fore
Egypt moved a step nearer to qualifying for the play-offs from Group F with a 3-0 win over hosts Libya in Benghazi.
Zamalek defender Ahmed Fotouh scored with an angled shot within the fortieth minute after a move from Mostafa Mohamed, who’s at the moment on mortgage at Turkish facet Galatasaray from Zamalek.
Mohamed was then on track himself in first-half damage time as he headed dwelling an Omar Marmoush cross.
Former Stoke Metropolis and Huddersfield City ahead Ramadan Sobhi, on in its place, added the third after being arrange by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Regardless of the loss, Libya nonetheless have an opportunity of reaching the play-offs however should now win their closing two video games away to Gabon after which at dwelling to Angola and would additionally want Egypt to fail to win both of their closing ties in opposition to the identical opposition.
Earlier, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored as Gabon beat Angola 2-0 in Franceville to register their first win within the group.
The Arsenal striker lashed in on the again submit within the 74th minute earlier than Augusto Carneiro’s personal objective doubled the Panthers’ lead six minutes from time.
The outcomes depart Egypt prime on 10 factors, with Libya second on six, whereas Gabon transfer to 4 factors and leapfrog Angola, who’ve three factors and might not progress to the play-offs.
Djibouti lose once more to value the coach his job
Burkina Faso stored up the stress on Algeria in Group A with a 2-0 win over Djibouti, one other facet who can not attain the play-offs any extra.
Issoufou Dayo after which Adboul Tapsoba, along with his fourth objective in three internationals, ensured the Stallions’ win within the Moroccan metropolis of Marrakech, with Burkina Faso one other nation unable to host worldwide matches.
Djibouti performed the final 23 minutes with 10 males after Aptidon Daher was proven a straight crimson card.
Quickly after the loss, Djibouti’s soccer federation sacked French coach Julien Mette, who had been in cost since April 2019, for what it known as “catastrophic outcomes.”
The loss leaves Djibouti backside of the group with out a single level, having conceded 18 and scoring simply two targets of their 4 World Cup qualifiers.
The win strikes Burkina Faso to the highest of the group with 10 factors however African champions Algeria will regain prime spot on objective distinction if they’ll beat hosts Niger on Tuesday.
Niger, who misplaced 6-1 in Algeria on Friday, should beat the Desert Foxes to have any likelihood of progressing to the play-offs.